Buchi Emecheta





Buchi Emecheta

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born
in Lagos, Nigeria
July 21, 1944

gender
female


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Buchi Emecheta OBE (born 21 July 1944, in Lagos) is a Nigerian novelist who has published over 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 have 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."

From 1965 to 1969, Emecheta worked as a library officer for the British Museum in L
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Average rating: 3.83 · 4,084 ratings · 321 reviews · 21 distinct works · Similar authors
The Joys of Motherhood
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,034 ratings — published 1979 — 19 editions
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Second Class Citizen
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 602 ratings — published 1974 — 16 editions
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The Bride Price
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 559 ratings — published 1976 — 17 editions
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The Slave Girl
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 231 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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Kehinde
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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The Rape of Shavi: A Novel
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Head Above Water
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 77 ratings4 editions
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Double Yoke
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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The Family: A Novel
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1990 — 7 editions
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The Moonlight Bride
3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1980 — 4 editions
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“At home in Nigeria, all a mother had to do for a baby was wash and feed him and, if he was fidgety, strap him onto her back and carry on with her work while that baby slept. But in England she had to wash piles and piles of nappies, wheel the child round for sunshine during the day, attend to his feeds as regularly as if one were serving a master, talk to the child, even if he was only a day old! Oh, yes, in England, looking after babies was in itself a full-time job.”
Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen

“God, when will you create a woman who will be fulfilled in herself, a full human being, not anybody’s appendage? she prayed desperately.”
Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood

“One thing she did know was the greatest book on human psychology is the Bible. If you were lazy and did not wish to work, or if you had failed to make your way in society, you could always say, 'My kingdom is not of this world.' If you were a jet-set woman who believed in sleeping around, VD or no VD, you could always say Mary Magdalene had no husband, but didn't she wash the feet of Our Lord? Wasn't she the first person to see our risen saviour? If, in the other hand, you believed in the inferiority of the blacks, you could always say, 'Slaves, obey your masters.' It is a mysterious book, one of the greatest of all books, if not the greatest. Hasn't it got all the answers?”
Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen

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