The pangs of a single mother in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Zikora”
Keywords:pregnancy, maternal mortality, sexuality, black mother, single motherhood.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is sprawling the epic journey and emotional storms battered by women in her short story “Zikora”. The Nigerian-American author Adichie does not stick to the details of pregnancy and labour alone but she also an emphasis on single motherhood. This short story deals with the plight of women, maternal mortality, single motherhood, polygamy, societal expectations, and misinformation about the female body, pregnancy, and sexuality. Zikora, the protagonist is a 39-year-old successful lawyer whose boyfriend Kwame abandons her when he finds out she is pregnant. Zikora’s mother comes to help her through labour, and she reflects upon their relationship. Zikora is a thought-provoking story. It explores the unique challenges black mothers face in the U.S., as well as the difficulty of being a working mother.
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