The Joys of Motherhood

The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a mother struggling to raise her family amid the changing landscape of Nigerian society.  Raised in a small rural village, she finds the noise and rush of Lagos disconcerting, and pours all her energy and hopes into her oldest son the son who is expected, in turn, to care for her as she ages.

"In Ibuza sons help their father more than they help their mother.  A mother's joy is only in the name.  She worries over them, looks after them when they are small; but in the actual help on the farm, the upholding of the family name, all belong to the father."

Buchi Emecheta is a Nigerian author, professor, and publisher.  Her novels include The Joys of Motherhood, The Bride Price, and The Slave Girl.

Published:  1979
Length:  224 pages
Set in:  Nigeria


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