Buchi Emecheta is one of Africa's most prolific writers with 20 books, including novels, plays, poetry, essays and children's books to her credit. Her greatest contribution, however, is in her novels which have served primarily as Emecheta's “vehicle of catharsis” and thus the healing of a life in England, the early part of which, the author herself has described as “very, very hard…both financially and emotionally.” She contends that her books are about “survival…just like [her] own life."

Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1944 to Jeremy Nwabudike and Alice Okwuekwu Emecheta. Her father was a railway worker, which in the Nigeria of 1944 was essentially a casual labourer undertaking much …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Nzegwu, Femi. "Buchi Emecheta". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1424, accessed 30 June 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand