Yes, there were loads! I was often grateful for the character list at the start of the book. I think that probably stems from the abundance of worldbuilding and the inclusion of lots of African folklore and myth.
It would certainly be possible to trim the book down to a shorter length, but I’m wondering if something of the ‘layering’ of stories and the richness of the worldbuilding would be lost, in that case. I’ll be curious to see how long the other two parts of the trilogy end up being. (I have actually just started reading Marlon James’s ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ as a comparison of sorts—and it’s just as long as BLRW, if not longer!).