Prominent Nigerian Author, Buchi Emecheta Dies At 72

Buchi Emecheta

Prominent Nigerian author, Buchi Emecheta, whose works included The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class Citizen and The Bride Price, has died at the age of 72.

She died on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 in London, England where she’s lived most of her life.

Emecheta’s books were on the national curricula of several African countries.

She was known for championing women and girls in her writing, though famously rejected description as a feminist.

“I work toward the liberation of women but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman,” she said.


The topics she covered in her writing included child marriage, life as a single mother, abuse of women and racism in the UK and elsewhere.

“Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us,” she said.

Confirming her death, ‘the current president of Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Denja Abdullahi said

“We have lost a rare gem in this field. Her works would forever live to speak for her.

“It is a sad loss to our circle. She was known for championing the female gender and we would forever miss her.”

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