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The Baby Factory in Igbo Land and the Culture of Adoption

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The Baby Factory in Igbo Land and the Culture of Adoption

NEWISSUES, Abuja

By GEORGE ONMONYA DANIEL

Baby factories have existed in Eastern Nigeria for a while now. What they do there is that they admit young pregnant women who want to hide unwanted pregnancy from family, friends and the public, take care of them until they give birth then pay them off about fifty thousand naira and these babies are later sold to other women. This is not like adoption.

 

Most women who buy these babies tell their husband they are pregnant, wear costume to decieve the poor man, then bring home baby one day and inform the husband that it is their baby. These practise is prevalent. One may ask why women go to that extent?

 

In this part of the world life is hard for a woman who couldn’t give birth. She is stigmatised and ostracised. Her husband’s family could even come and push her out of the house if she has no children for the man when the man dies. She risk sharing her husband with another and if that other gives birth she is finished. A woman who couldn’t give birth is also seen as promiscuous before she got married.

 

Being a woman is hard here, but sometimes even parents give their daughters willingly to the baby factory when there is an unwanted pregnancy and they want to protect her against a judgmental society.

 

And those who run the baby factory do it for money. It is inhumane and horrifying. This has been going on for a long time. People know about these baby factories. It is a normal thing up there and we shouldn’t pretend.

 

It is left for the government to show zero tolerance for such crimes and deal with it, encourage adoption and do things the way things are done elsewhere where things work. The government should not just stop at arresting but they must educate society and encourage adoption. This whole baby factory tbusiness is so wrong and unacceptable.

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