Ada was born, Chika was born, Chinedu was born, Ebuka was born, Chinelo was born, Then Ejima were born. Papa was mad, Mama was tired. She was still heavy, she claimed she didn’t know-how. How many more before you press brake? Stop o before you turn your house to a football pitch.
That is always the cause of the incessant quarrels at my neighbour’s house, school fees, money for food, money for napkin, money for antenatal and the likes. The story just never gets old. It reminds me a bit of my childhood.
I grew up in a family of 8, Yes, you guessed right. We were 6 kids and my parents are semi-illiterates. As the firstborn, I have to cater to my younger ones and this hasn’t been easy at all, worst still, so much pressure is on me to get married. My father feels that would solve a whole lot because as a female my husband would bear part of my burden and he would also gain a lot from the bride price list. Yea, story of my Igbo girl life.
The job I presently have is barely enough for me to live comfortably, I have to give up my desires of wearing clothes, shoes, and hair in vogue and just stick to providing food to eat and less expensive clothes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a spendthrift, but, occasionally, a girl has got to make herself feel good, abi na lie?
But now, I’m stuck with becoming a parent before I even get married. I have to pay school fees, send money home occasionally for keeping up and my younger ones no dey slack when it comes to requesting for pocket money and as a Big Sis, I have to provide any which way. Once again, I say, the story of my life.
Thankfully, I have knowledge of family planning and I won’t make the same mistakes as my parents and my neighbor who so annoys me, can you believe with 7 kids and counting, they stay in a one-bedroom apartment?
I want my kids to be able to enjoy their childhood, before its time for them to be adults and parents. It’s not that hard, it’s just wisdom. Getting family planning is one of the wisest decisions parents can make and the best gift to their children, even as a single lady, I am presently on a contraceptive method, after all, “body no be firewood”.
With our fast-growing country, contraceptives should be on the agenda for anyone who dey jiggy, abeg. We don’t have to travel for miles to get it anymore and it isn’t as expensive as we think. There’s something for your budget, something for your lifestyle, something just for you, ranging from, Daily pills, injections, Implants, Diaphragm, IUD, IUS, Condoms.
So, why overpopulate when you can just be contraceptive-wise? Shey body na for pumping of babies only?
I would have said “Happy World Population day” but how many of us are really happy?