"He did not inherit a barn from his father."
Yam Barn
Public DomainYam Barn - Credit: J Stöcker

The Igbo lifestyle and yearly schedule of events largely revolved around farming, especially the farming of yams.  Most people farmed at least to a subsistence level; however, wealth was marked by the size and productivity of the farms a man owned.  This makes the inheritance of farmland, barns, and seeds valuable to an Igbo male.