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Mum-Zi: A Nigerian Lady Who Was The World’s Youngest Grandmother At Age 17

A lot of people who were given birth to in the 1900s might have little or no idea of whom Mum-Zi was.

Mum-Zi was not only a mother at the age of eight, she became the world's youngest grandmother at the age of seventeen.

A photo of Mum-Zi carrying her daughter, Zi on her back can be seen below.

It is worthwhile to note that Mum-Zi was a Nigerian. Mum-Zi was barely eight years and four months old when had her baby whose name was Zi.

Zi was a baby girl and she was given birth to in the year 1884.

Mum-Zi lived on an island called Akwa Akpa which is currently situated in present day Calabar, the capital city of Cross Rivers State.

Mum-Zi’s daughter whose name is Zi took after her mother in character. Zi became a mother at the age of eight years and eight months.

A photo of Zi carrying her child while sitting down can be seen below.

Prior to this time, there had been reported cases of young ladies who were grandmothers but none were as young as Mum-Zi in terms of age. They all exceeded the age of 17.

If we divulge a little from the subject matter, we can all relate to the fact that in this present age and time, a lady of 17 years is either rounding up her secondary school education or she is in the university. It's usually seen as something awkward for someone who is seventeen years of age to be a mother let alone a grandmother. A lot of people would raise eyebrows.

It was a different ball game altogether for Mum-Zi, Zi and all young girls who had lived in the 19th century.

Mum-Zi was a member of Chief Akkiri’s harem. They both lived in Akwa Akpa, which is a settlement in Calabar. Chief Akkiri's turned out to be the father of her daughter, Zi.

During the era of Atlantic slave trade, transportation of African slaves was a common practice.

During that era, some missionaries had difficulties in accessing good water supplies, they were exposed to mosquito bites which brought about malaria infections. A few tribes were also neither welcoming to missionaries nor slave traders.

It was a common practice during that era for chiefs to keep a harem of wives as well as slaves.

Harem in this text refers to a female backyard. It could also refer to a household reserved for princes as well as lords. The function of the harem is to maintain modesty, privilege as well as bring about protection of women.

Among the numerous women and young girls who lived in Chief Akkiri's harem was Mum-Zi. After Mum-Zi had given birth to her daughter, Zi as at when she was 8 years and four months, her daughter also gave birth to a child as at when she was 8 years and eight months. Mum-Zi and Zi both had children for Chief Akkiri's.

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