The joys of motherhood is a gripping fascinating tale of a woman – Nnu Ego who gives everything away to the cultural responsibility of a woman needing to be fertile and produce sons.
The Joys of Motherhood is a fundamental text in the wider cannon of Nigerian postcolonial literature. The story of Nnu Ego will stay with the reader for a long, long time.
Emecheta delves deeply into the complexities of motherhood and marriage, particularly polygamous marriage.
Although the story is set in Nigeria there are home truths about motherhood and womanhood that will transcend cultural differences. Be prepared to have your eyes watering at the end of this book which might also introduce you to the concept of feminism.
Written by Buchi Emecheta and published in London, UK, by Allison & Busby in 1979.
This story perfectly captures the experiences of a woman in traditional African society.