This news is devastating to me, since I basically only discovered her work last year ( that sounds really selfish, I know). My prayers are with her family and I hope they find the strength to cope with their loss In Jesus Name.
Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian novelist. She was the author of over 20 books, including the timeless “The Joys of Motherhood”. Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education won her much critical acclaim and honours. Including an Order of the British Empire in 2005.
She was as feminist as they came, though she strongly rejected the label.
“I work toward the liberation of women, but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.”
“What I am trying to do is get our profession back. Women are born storytellers. We keep the history. We are the true conservatives – we conserve things and we never forget. What I do is not clever or unusual. It is what my aunt and my grandmother did, and their mothers before them.”
She began writing about her experiences of Black British life in a regular column in the New Statesman. A collection of these pieces became her first published book in 1972, In the Ditch. The semi-autobiographical book chronicled the struggles of a main character named Adah, forced to live in a housing estate while working as a librarian to support her five children. Her second novel published two years later, Second-Class Citizen, also drew on Emecheta’s own experiences. Both books were eventually published in one volume under the title Adah’s Story.
- In the Ditch
- Second-Class Citizen
- The Bride Price
- The Slave Girl
- The Joys of Motherhood
- The Moonlight Bride
- Our Own Freedom
- Destination Biafra
- Naira Power
- Adah’s Story
- The Rape of Shavi
- Double Yoke
- A Kind of Marriage
- The New Tribe
- Head Above Water
- Titch the Cat
- Nowhere to Play
- The Wrestling Match
- A Kind of Marriage, BBC television.
- Family Bargain, BBC television, 1987.
- The Black Scholar, November–December 1985, p. 51.
- “Feminism with a Small ‘f’!” Criticism and Ideology: Second African Writer’s Conference, Stockholm 1988, edited by Kirsten H. Petersen, pp. 173–181. Uppsala: Scandinanvian Institute of African Studies, 1988.
- Essence magazine, August 1990, p. 50.
- New York Times Book Review, 29 April 1990.
- Publishers Weekly, 16 February 1990, p. 73; reprinted 7 February 1994, p. 84.
- World Literature Today, Autumn 1994, p. 867.
May her soul find perfect peace with God…
What was your favourite Buchi Emecheta book?