In The Slave Girl (published in 1980 by George Braziller), Buchi Emechata tells an award winning story that centers around Ogbanje Ojebeta, a girl sold off by her very own blood into slavery to the house of Ma Palagada and husband.
Ojebeta’s birth was very unique in that all other girls had by her mother died immediately after birth. She was believed to be an Ogbanje–a child that comes and goes. After her birth, her mother waited for her to die but was surprised when after a while the child refused to die. She then decided to nurse the baby. Everyone loved Ojebeta, including her mother and two brothers, and even her father who went miles to get tin amulets to guard the child’s life as advised by the oraclist.
- The Slave Girl by Buchi Emecheta
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