Nigerian author Emecheta dies at the age of 72

  • January 27, 2017

Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta, who championed the cause of women in her writings, passed away at her residence in London. She was 72.

The author of prolific works such as ‘The Joys of Motherhood’, ‘Second-class citizen’ and ‘The Bride Price’, she was born in Lagos and had moved to the United Kingdom in 1960, where she worked as a librarian and became a sociology student at the London University.

She extensively wrote on issues that were crucial to women such as child marriage, abuse of women, life as a single mother and racism, however, she refrained from being called a ‘feminist’. She had once famously said, “I work toward the liberation of women but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.”

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