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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Literary Icon, Buchi Emecheta Passes On At 72

Top Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta passed away on Wednesday (January 25) in the United Kingdom.

Emecheta, whose prolific literary career spawned over 20 novels, including the classic, The Joys of Motherhood, died in her sleep in London. She was 72 years.

The Delta State-born author, who’d been based in the UK for over 50 years, wrote compellingly on violence against the female gender.

She was married off at the age of 16 in what turned out to be an unhappy and sometimes violent union, she took to writing upon relocation to the UK in 1962 in what, according to her was “the release for all my anger, all my bitterness, my disappointments, my questions and joy.”

The widely travelled author and mother of five won numerous international awards including Best Black British Writer (1978), Jock Campbell Award for the New Statesman (1979), One of Granta’s Best of the Young British Novelists (1983) and an Order of the British Empire (1985).

She was a visiting professor of English, University of Calabar and had stints as a lecturer at Yale University and University of London.

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