One of Nigeria’s iconic literary figures, Buchi Emecheta has died at the age of 72 after she passed on in her sleep on Wednesday.
Emecheta who was born in Lagos on 21 July 1944,published more than 20 books throughout her career but her magnum opus was ‘The Joys Of Motherhood’.
She won the Jock Campbell Award from the
New Statesman in 1979, and was on Granta magazine’s 1983 list of “Best of the Young British Novelists”. In September 2004, she appeared in the historic “A Great Day in London” photograph taken at the British Library, featuring 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2005, she was made an OBE. #BuchiEmecheta
Based in Britain since the independence, Buchi had written plays and autobiography, as well as books for children. She was the author of more than 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979).
Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in 2005. Emecheta once described her stories as “stories of the world…[where]… women face the universal problems of poverty and oppression, and the longer they stay, no matter where they have come from originally, the more the problems become identical.” She has been characterised as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948”.
Our thoughts are with her family. ?