Adah's husband Francis is an old-fashioned Nigerian man who doesn't believe in any kind of birth control except natural family planning. Inevitably, this means that Adah ends up giving birth at regular intervals, which places considerable emotional and financial strain upon the young couple.
To make matters worse, Adah has to be the chief breadwinner in the family while Francis studies at home. As the traditional male, Francis, isn't prepared to take care of the children, Adah must farm them out to child-minders, one of whom, Trudy, is simply not suitable for the job.
There's little doubt that Adah loves her children dearly and will gladly do anything for them. At the same time, there's no getting away from the fact that having so many children has had the effect of severely narrowing her horizons. Having all these children reduces Adah's control over her life, so she attempts to gain control by using contraception.
However, Adah's use of a contraceptive cap is ultimately unsuccessful, and she has two more children. Once again, there's no doubting Adah's absolute devotion to her children; she's determined to do all she can to give them the best start in life.
But at the same time, one can only imagine how much more control Adah would have over her life if she were able to determine for herself how many children she should have.