Popular Novelist of Nigerian descent, Buchi Emecheta OBE has died at the age of 72 after living a successful life as a novelist.
Emecheta, who was born on the 21st of July 1944 in Lagos Nigeria, later moved to Britain where she has been based ever since.
She had published 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 won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in 2005.
Her Igbo parents, Alice (Okwuekwuhe) Emecheta and Jeremy Nwabudinke (a railway worker), both hailed from Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria.
Due to the gender bias of the time, the young Buchi Emecheta was initially kept at home while her younger brother was sent to school; but after persuading her parents to consider the benefits of her education, she spent her early childhood at an all-girl’s missionary school.
Her father died when she was nine years old. A year later, Emecheta received a full scholarship to the Methodist Girls School, where she remained until the age of 16 when, in 1960, she married Sylvester Onwordi, a student to whom she had been engaged since she was 11 years old.