Buchi Emecheta





Buchi Emecheta


Born
in Lagos, Nigeria
July 21, 1944

Died
January 15, 2017


Buchi Emecheta OBE was 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 London. From 1969 to 1976 she
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Average rating: 3.92 · 6,675 ratings · 558 reviews · 18 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Joys of Motherhood

4.03 avg rating — 3,460 ratings — published 1979 — 24 editions
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Second Class Citizen

3.86 avg rating — 1,021 ratings — published 1974 — 21 editions
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The Bride Price

3.74 avg rating — 782 ratings — published 1976 — 16 editions
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The Slave Girl

3.75 avg rating — 344 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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Kehinde

3.81 avg rating — 240 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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Head Above Water

3.93 avg rating — 116 ratings4 editions
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The Rape of Shavi

3.65 avg rating — 107 ratings — published 1983 — 4 editions
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Double Yoke

3.71 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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The Family

3.94 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1990 — 9 editions
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In the Ditch

4.13 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1972 — 6 editions
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“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

“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

“The leaves were still on the trees, but were becoming dry, perched like birds ready to fly off.”
Buchi Emecheta, Second Class Citizen

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