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Buchi Emecheta


Nigeria (1944 - 2017)

Emecheta has been based in Britain since 1960. She is popular with her writings of over 20 books which include plays and an autobiography about African womens experiences in Africa and in Great Britain.The author of Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976) and The Slave Girl (1977) among others was born on 21 July 1944, in Lagos, Nigeria, to Igbo parents, Alice (Okwuekwuhe) Emecheta and Jeremy Nwabudinke, both parents from Ibusa, Delta State, Nigeria.Her father was a railway worker in the 1940s. 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-girls missionary school. Her father died when she was nine years old.


 
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