Adah is the main character in Second Class Citizen. The novel is in fact her story from childhood to adulthood in a gender-biased society.
Lawyer Nweze, an epitome of foreign-bred educated Igbo elite, gives Adah, the novel’s protagonist heroine, a dream to hold on to and a life course to follow.
This chapter is an expose of the circumstances surrounding Adah’s birth, the reaction of the society to the girl child and the event that inspires Adah’s dream.
Buchi uses Adah as a fictional medium to express her own struggles in a vastly patriarchal society. Emecheta presented the things she experienced while growing up in Nigeria and her marital issues while in England.
Ada faces a streak of adverse situations: from unsettled marriage to premature motherhood to a taxing bread winning responsibility as if it were a comeuppance of some sort.
Adah sacrifices a lot to get education. This, of course, projects how difficult it is for the girl-child to have access to education on her own will, against the distorted societal sentiment that the education of a girl-child is utterly useless.