"She has been very well for some time now. Perhaps she has come to stay."

As in many cultures, the majority of children died in early childhood before they could ever reach their full potential. If a series of such deaths took place in a family it was believed that the same wicked spirit, the ogbanje, was being born and dying over and over again, spitefully grieving its parents. The name "ogbanje" in Igbo translates literaly to "children who come and go." Parents tended to be apprehensive about new children until they seemed to be likely to survive and had “come to stay.”