1. Igbo’s (Africans) believed that children are gift from the chi (gods) and so could not be rejected.
2.Before vaccinations came to Africa, families lost kids to diseases. Therefore, having many kids was a way to safeguard losses in case some died prematurelpy.
3. Most activities such as farming were labor intensive. Therefore, having more kids provided additional helping hands to a family.
4. Families and communities relied on male children as soldiers to defend their land and women from invaders. Every man was considered a soldier. There were no standing armies.