"Okonkwo had just blown out the palm-oil lamp and stretched himself on his bamboo bed when he heard the ogene of the town crier piercing the still night air. Gome, gome, gome, gome boomed the hollow metal."
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An ogene is a hollow metal bell which has traditionally been made by the Igbo. This bell is a flat cone that is hollow inside. Sound is created when the ogene is struck by a soft, wooden stick. When the bell is struck, the sound echoes inside similar to a gong. The ogene is traditionally made out of iron. In Things Fall Apart the town crier uses this bell to call a meeting and to send a message.