Second-Class Citizen (Buchi Emecheta)

“At home in Nigeria, all a mother had to do for a baby was wash and feed him and, if he was fidgety, strap him onto her back and carry on with her work while that baby slept. But in England she had to wash piles and piles of nappies, wheel the child round for sunshine during the day, attend to his feeds as regularly as if one were serving a master, talk to the child, even if he was only a day old! Oh, yes, in England, looking after babies was in itself a full-time job.”

“At home in Nigeria, all a mother had to do for a baby was wash and feed him and, if he was fidgety, strap him onto her back and carry on with her work while that baby slept. But in England she had to wash piles and piles of nappies, wheel the child round for sunshine during the day, attend to his feeds as regularly as if one were serving a master, talk to the child, even if he was only a day old! Oh, yes, in England, looking after babies was in itself a full-time job.”

Nigeria / 1974

Posting this in honor of #NigerianIndependenceDay // If you've read The Joys of Motherhood, this book is by the same author and contains similar themes. I read this book in two days. It is very fast-paced, engaging and heart-wrenching. It's about a woman's trying experiences after she moves from Nigeria to London with her family. Highly recommended. I love Emecheta's writing style.

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