Today we celebrate what would have been Mama Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta’s OBE 75th.
She was of Nigeria’s novelist who migrated to the UK, where her themes were around child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education #BuchiEmecheta #NdiIgbo pic.twitter.com/fIZQ9FMl9O
— Sudan ? (@Florence_Adaobi) July 21, 2019
Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian-born novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who also wrote plays and an autobiography, as well as works 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). Most of her early novels were published by the London-based company Allison and Busby, where her editor was Margaret Busby.
Emecheta’s themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours. She 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.” Her works explore the tension between tradition and modernity. She has been characterized as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948”.