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Aken in The Immortal Seed is a girl bethroded to Prince Tembi even as a child who later on gets married to Assi who brutally murders Tembi. The character of Akwen and the role she plays in The Immortal Seed will be examined in the subsequent paragraphs.

Akwen is loving. She has deep love for Tembi in the way she promises to tell him that Assi called at their home, after handing her some gifts in a parcel.

    Again, we see her love for Assi for taking her out of disgrace and the Fon's punishment if it was noticed that she was pregnant for Tembi before their marriage.

   We again see her deep concern for her husband's (Assi's) frustration in not having many children. She suggests that Assi should take a second wife- a quality uncommon with women.

    Akwen is again, very secretive. She keeps the truth about Tebene's biological father away not only from Tebene but also from her husband Assi for 28 years.

   Earlier, Tembi and herself had sworn to keep her pregnancy a secret until their marriage and she keeps it a secret.

    Akwen is ignorant and naive. Her naivety is revealed where Assi kills her fiance, courts and marries her without her suspecting for one moment that Assi could be linked to her late husband's murder which coincided with his visit to the village and his " friend" just the previous night.

    Akwen is a strict girl who as a young girl pays a lot of respect to her chastity and would not permit men play around with her. This explains why she gave Assi a cold bath by drenching him with her water pot at Igyi-nyeri when he took advantage to rub his chest against her bosom.

    She is religious and God-fearing. This explains why she brings up Tebene in a God-fearing manner to the extent that he takes interest in church attendance,  choral competitions and even as Fon, castigates the idea of polygamy.

    Finally,  Akwen is influential as we see her convincing her husband Assi to confess his past evil deeds before the pastor and herself.  Again, she is the one who privately convinces Tebene to accept the responsibility of becoming the new Fon, as an honour to her, the Medik and his late father.

    The roles Akwen plays in The Immortal Seed are varied and numerous.

    She is the mother of the protagonist, Tebene, in the novel.

    She is one of the causes of the conflict between Assi and Tembi resulting in the death of the latter.

   She indirectly acts as an agent of Divine punishment for Assi by keeping Tebene's true paternity a secret for 28 years,  to unravel it only when fate has put the boy on the radical ascent to the Dik throne.

    Finally, she ends as the queen mother to Fon Mbezeboh ll, there by occupying an influential position as guide, to the prosperous reign of the new Fon of Dik.
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