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Akwaeke Emezi
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Meanwhile, we were wrenched, dragged through the gates, across a river, and through the back door of the thin woman's womb, thrust into the rippling water and the small sleeping body floating within. It was time. When the fetus had been housed, we were allowed freedom, but it was going to be alone, no longer flesh within a house but a house itself, and we were the one meant to live in it... To be singled out and locked into the blurred consciousness of a little mind? We refused. It would be madness."
-- The We (chapter 1 paragraph 2)

Importance: Here, the We explain how they became trapped in Ada's body. As part of the ogbanje, the We are divine, and therefore think it is "madness" to be "singled out and locked into" one consciousness--that is, the consciousness of Ada. As a result, when the We are forced into Ada's fetus by Ala, they try to "refuse...

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