In the News: In memoriam, Buchi Emecheta

The year 2017 has not started off well for literary lovers and Africa as a whole. Buchi Emecheta, one of the prolific writers of our time, is gone at the age of 72. Buchi authored classics such as Joys of Motherhood, Second Class Citizens, Destination Biafra and many other exciting and intriguing stories. Buchi’s stories were reminiscent of the lived experiences of many Africans, and her books, whether fiction or non-fiction, echoed the human condition. She will be greatly missed and remembered for the voice she gave women through her works. “Remembering Nigerian Literary Icon Buchi Emecheta” by Fred Obera celebrates the works and life of an icon, describing her as ‘one of the most popular and celebrated African writers’. And her son, Sylvester Onwordi, wrote in “Remembering Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian novelist, feminist, my mother” that she was ‘a feminist in all she said and did, [and] her feminism was deeply inscribed in her identity as an African woman with African values’.