In "Cell One," The unnamed mother of Nnamabia and the Cell One narrator, Mother is beautiful, light-skinned, and believes her son can do no wrong. When Nnamabia was a child, she either covered up or made excuses for his indiscretions. Even when Nnamabia is arrested for cult activity and it seems very likely that he is indeed involved, she maintains that he did nothing wrong. Mother consistently bribes policemen and simultaneously criticizes their corruption.
Mother Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck
The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Mother or refer to Mother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.).
Cell One Quotes
"You cannot raise your children well, all of you people who feel important because you work in the university. When your children misbehave, you think they should not be punished. You are lucky, madam, very lucky that they released him."
Mother Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck
The timeline below shows where the character Mother appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...compound, it looks neglected. The officer goes inside and returns minutes later with Nnamabia. When Mother hugs him, he flinches; his body is bruised and bloody. The policeman tells Mother that... (full context)