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The Life Of An Immigrant Black Woman

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Hardship and loss of freedom comes to mind as I think about an immigrant black woman. If they had other forms of persuasion other then the “glamour” or positive side of England that they heard about through tales, would they less enthused and reluctant of being the follower. Would the immigrant black woman still be as naïve?

Once becoming a part of a different society, she has to adapt to the ways that she is unfamiliar with. She has to erase in a form of what she knows and feels is correct to from her true self. “I am staring painfully at an image. My image? No! – what is left of what once used to be my image”. (Darko p1) The immigrant black woman doesn’t seem to feel whole as she lacks love from her husband, her family and her village. When she enters upon England, she is shown at once that she is the lesser of importance. “You must know, my dear young lady, that in Lagos you may be a million publicity officers for the Americans, you may be earning a million pounds a day; you may have hundreds o servants: you may be living like an elite, but the day you land in England, you are a second-class citizen”. (Emecheta p39) “It is better to be a first-class citizen in a Third World country than to be a second-class citizen in the Western world”. (Maraire p66) As an immigrant, she wants to follow the dream of having everything that she could ever want and ask for. She is in awe of what she is being told of how England will be in fantasy, but not in reality. She may find that although once immigrating there and adapting, that is the only way that she will know how to live. “I was no longer able to identify with and integrate back into village life. I had sampled city life”. “When one lived long enough in the city and got infected with this that I call city disease”. (Darko p46)

Being an immigrant black woman, you would be more considered as property and there is little respect if any from anyone. Her dowry is more if she is an educated girl, but that education will not seem apparent anymore once she is abroad. “I was given away to this man who paid two white cows, four healthy goats, four lengths of cloth, beads, gold jeweler and two bottles of London Dry Gin to my family, and took me off as his wife from my little African village, Naka, to him in the city”. (Darko p3) “When those so-called traditional courts ask him what gives him the right, his self-righteous excuse is, ‘I bought her.’ Why, he can even quote the amount! That’s just too much. What is a woman worth, after all? And who has the right to make such audacious calculations?” (Maraire p34) She would only be known to work and provide for her family with no questions asked or help provided. Even the field of work is already picked without knowing or without consent. There is no equality in which she may know from her home. Traditions are left behind as a part of her adapting to the new life and ways even if she tries to follow them, they are considered wrong in that country...

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