"But on one point there was a general agreement – the active principle in that medicine had been an old woman with one leg. In fact, the medicine itself was called agadi-nwayi, or old woman."

The agadi-nwayi represents the use of magic in the Ibo culture and how the Europeans do not understand the Ibo culture. The properties of medicine are not fully understood by the Ibo, which is why they attribute magical properties to it, and believe its success comes from the power of gods and spirits.