Summary Of Buchi Emecheta's The Joys Of Motherhood
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The Significance of Tradition in a Western World: Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood
... and it was a joy to hear and see these women, happy in their innocence, just like children. Their wants were simple and easily met. Not like those of their children who later got caught up in the entangled web of industrialization.
-Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen
Buchi Emecheta is an Ibo woman who was born near Lagos (where this story takes place). She currently lives in London where she moved with her husband and children. She found ‘herself ultimately alone, raising children in a hostile and poverty-ridden climate’. She graduated from London University with a degree in sociology despite conflicts from her society against female receiving schooling. Many of the conflicts that Nnu Ego faces are most likely very similar to the conflicts Emecheta faced as she pursued her degree.
Emecheta focuses on the role of women in traditional African cultures and the conflicts they face as they are forced to assimilate into a colonial-influenced lifestyle. She has been rejected by some male African writers as a ‘hostile emigrant contaminated by European views’. Emecheta has also published works that deal with the experience of Nigerian women in Europe.
Describing the dilemma of the African philosopher, Abiola Irele writes: “The professional philosopher in Africa today operates in a situation of cultural and social tension. For although his mind has been moulded by the principles of