My great-grandmother always said that her enemies never allowed her to have many children. She told me that I would have as many as I wanted, and she prayed that I would have many. She believed that until I tasted the afterbirth and said I did not want any more children I would have as many as I pleased. According to my great-grandmother, the baby is good luck and the afterbirth is bad luck.
One day during my first pregnancy my abdomen kept giving me a lot of pain and did not stop. I was trying to hide, but my mother-in-law found me and asked me what was the matter. She knew I was about to have a baby, so she took me to the mission house where we had our babies at almost no cost. Most of the wives went to the Christ Apostolic Church's mission to have their babies. 1 Prior to giving birth we would pay something like a nickel a week to the mission, which they would use to buy Dettol [an antiseptic] and other sanitary aids.
On the day I had the baby, there was no money in the house because my husband borrowed it from me to go to Lagos. I had the baby at noon and went home at four o'clock that afternoon. There was no money for a taxi, so my husband's mother and I walked home, a distance of about three kilometers. My mother-in-law carried the baby on her____________________