Children The Gods Gift In Africa.

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Generally, Africans including Igbos had many children in the olden days and even in recent times in 21st century .The reasons are:

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.

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