Free summary and analysis of the events in Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood that won’t make you snore. We promise. The Joys of Motherhood has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: “Yes, life could at times be so brutal that the only things that made it livable w. Written by Buchi Emecheta (), this book is about the life of Nigerian woman, Nnu Ego. Nnu Ego’s life revolves around her children, and through them Nnu.

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Her eldest son goes to school in America, marries a white woman, and rarely contacts his mother. Nnu Ego nevertheless becomes pregnant. I felt all of her joy and pain.

It is a great mess – a web of believability. I know colonialism did so much damage in Africa but it’s mainly books like this that help me understand to understand the extent to which the societies changed.

This is an excellent resource. Each is an exploration of what it means to be a woman and a mother in rapidly evolving societies where traditions and mores are in a constant state of flux.

Emecheta is the author of more than ten novels, some of which are semi-autobiographical. The colonial influence challenges and effectively erodes the communal and clan value systems that once defined and unified the Ibo. The simple and direct prose is full of irony “[Nnu Ego] crawled further into the urine-stained mats on her bug-ridden bed, enjoying the knowledge of her motherhood” and the story encompasses global events from an exploited and underinformed colonial viewpoint.

Through their writing both of these authors attempt to bring to light the unfairness that still exists between genders regarding education in Africa. What do you think of the ending of the novel? The scope here, though, is sma Wow. Compare the times she was with her mptherhood to the times he motherhooc gone. Nnu Ego returns to the village, where she is feted as a great woman because with two married daughters, and two sons abroad the second son emigrates to Canadashe is expected to be filled with the joys of motherhood.


Colonial troops fought in both world wars for both the British and French, to preserve the independence of the countries that had taken their own independence away. Emecheta has these emscheta making near identical criticisms of each other, founded on generic fears of difference, despite their commonalities, for example the sense of community ‘we all belong to each other’ conveyed extraordinarily vividly in a scene of attempted suicide.

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Notherhood to Lagos to Wartime to Postwar. Summary Nnu Ego is the daughter of a great Nigerian chief. The honour of her family – of her husband – is her goal, and yet she cannot achieve it no matter how much she tries. This book is rich with sociological detail. Over the course of her life, she gives birth to nine surviving children.

The acquisition of monies and banks and the collapse of traditions followed by the maintenance of traditions. In what ways does Nnu Ego feel differently about Nnaife than she had about Amatokwu?

Is there any joy in Motherhood at all from this book? Buchi Emecheta narrates of the woes and hardships women, particularly poor women, face in a patriarchal society. The Joys of Motherhood is the second Buchi Emecheta book I’ve read, and her reputation in world literature, to me at least, is well-deserved. The child is consistently and idealistically portrayed as an og of completion and female self-fulfillment.


Buchi Emecheta, author of ‘The Joys of Motherhood’ is dead

Not at all my cup of tea. Retrieved from ” https: Lesson Plans This book would be an excellent vehicle for a webquest see below. Includes information on Yoruba art, history, religion, economics, etc.

Capitalism, Christianity, and European notions of education and conduct all effectively alter and threaten traditional Nigerian culture. The Joys of Motherhood covers both the traditional as well as the ‘modern’ aka, the British colonialism.

Moore, Pamela Lf, Jack. Nnu Ego is caught between worlds and between diverse, often warring traditions.

Maybe this was a protective mechanism devised to save them from realities too painful to accept. Typically I read, led by the nose by my spidey senses which are mothedhood reliable. Emecheta suggests that the pre-colonial context offers a better way of life to Nnu Ego and to most others.

What kind of financial and moral support do children owe to parents who are mentally or physically ill? The sacrifice of slaves to bucho dead leaders has been practiced in many cultures, most famously in ancient Egypt.

According to Nnu Ego, how is being a senior wife different in Lagos than in Ibuza? Not a life-changing book, but worth picking up.