Treatment of women (britain vs nigeria)
a. Birth of Children
From the start, girls were seen as obsolete other than their task at the production of children. The birth of a girl was considered a disappointment and the birth of a son was worth the value of many children while as a girl was only another mouth to feed with no prosper. In comparison, the UK had a much different view, where they did not view one gender as shameful, and children were not as much viewed as an expected duty but a choice. The birth of girls was so disregarded that the story is introduced by Adah saying she was uncertain of her exact age and date of birth because it was not bothered to be recorded due to the lack of meaning her birth had.
Adah had spoken with a nurse in the UK and when speaking of her daughter in the value her culture considered her the nurse replied with
“Only a girl, what do you mean ‘only a girl?’ She is a person, too, you know, just like your son” Indicating that the views of women in England were a bit more valuable and had more equal rights than those in Nigeria.
Adah was unaware of the cultural difference and expectations in childbirth and raising until she reached the UK. In England, children were born out of love and choice and showed their children off with pride and joy in the hospital. Mothers were treated with respect and care, and were expected to rest prior to their birth and after their delivery. The husbands and family members aided to their wives needs including taking their clothing home to be washed, regular visits, bringing flowers and presents and new nightgowns so they looked and felt comfortable. “There must be something special about this man because he came to see his wife at any time during the day” (113)
Adah was not treated as so and spent her time in the hospital alone when an emergency csection was needed for her son BuBu. She was not brought anything, and the ...
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