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Buchi Emecheta

  • Nigerian novelist
  • Born July 21, 1944

Florence Onyebuchi "Buchi" Emecheta OBE (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian-born British novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who also wrote plays and autobiography, as well as work 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 gained recognition from critics and honours.


The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I'd done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn't read it.




Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.




I work toward the liberation of women, but I'm not feminist. I'm just a woman.




I usually make sure that my stories are from Africa or my own background so as to highlight the cultural background at the same time as telling the story.




As soon as I finish a book, I sell the paperback rights to different publishers and that's where I recoup my money.




In all my novels, I deal with the many problems and prejudices which exist for Black people in Britain today.




I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person... to enable people to have a whole picture of me; I have to both write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.




I like to be called a Nigerian rather than somebody from the Third World or the developing or whatever.




I always value my large kitchen because it was better to do everything there, you wash up, you do everything, rather than messing up another room and I pop my typewriter just next to it. So I still write now but I was doing more writing when the children were younger.




Being a woman writer, I would be deceiving myself if I said I write completely through the eye of a man. There's nothing bad in it, but that does not make me a feminist writer. I hate that name. The tag is from the Western world - like we are called the Third World.




A hungry man is an angry one.




I came to England in 1962 as a very young bride, in my teens, hoping just to stay two years and go back.



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