Quotes by Buchi Emecheta

"God, when will you create a woman who will be fulfilled in herself, a full human being, not anybody’s appendage? she prayed desperately."

"At home in Nigeria, all a mother had to do for a baby was wash and feed him and, if he was fidgety, strap him onto her back and carry on with her work while that baby slept. But in England she had to wash piles and piles of nappies, wheel the child round for sunshine during the day, attend to his feeds as regularly as if one were serving a master, talk to the child, even if he was only a day old! Oh, yes, in England, looking after babies was in itself a full-time job."

"The leaves were still on the trees, but were becoming dry, perched like birds ready to fly off."

"Nnu Ego was like those not-so well-informed Christians who,promised the Kingdom of Heaven,believed that it was literally just round the corner and that Jesus Christ was coming on the very morrow. Many of them would hardly contribute anything ton this world,reasoning, "What is the use? Christ will come soon" They became so insulated in their beliefs that not only would they have little to do with ordinary sinners,people going about their daily work, they even pitied them and in many cases looked down on them because the Kingdom of God was not for the likes of them. Maybe this was a protective mechanism devised to save them from realities too painful to accept."

"In Ibuza sons help their father more than they help their mother. A mother's joy is only in the name. She worries over them,looks after them when they are small;but in the actual help on the farm ,the upholding of the family name,all belong to the father."

Books by Buchi Emecheta

  • The Joys of Motherhood
  • 5,698 ratings
  • February 4th 1994 by Heinemann Educational Books

    (first published May 17th 1979)

  • Second Class Citizen
  • 2,270 ratings
  • February 17th 1983 by George Braziller Inc.

    (first published 1974)

  • The Bride Price
  • 1,106 ratings
  • May 17th 1980 by George Braziller Inc.

    (first published 1976)

  • The Slave Girl
  • 485 ratings
  • May 17th 1980 by George Braziller Inc.

    (first published 1977)

  • Kehinde
  • 316 ratings
  • February 22nd 1994 by Heinemann Educational Books
  • In the Ditch
  • 237 ratings
  • February 22nd 1994 by Heinemann Educational Books

    (first published 1972)

  • In The Ditch:
  • 237 ratings
  • February 3rd 2018 by Ogwugwu Afor

    (first published 1972)

Buchi Emecheta
  • Buchi Emecheta

  • Date of birth: July 21, 1944
  • Died: January 15, 2017
  • Born: in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Description: Buchi Emecheta OBE was a Nigerian novelist who has published over 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 have won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of the British Empire in 2005. Emecheta once described her stories as "stories of the world…[where]… women face the universal problems of poverty and oppression, and the longer they stay, no matter where they have come from originally, the more the problems become identical."

    From 1965 to 1969, Emecheta worked as a library officer for the British Museum in London. From 1969 to 1976 she was a youth worker and sociologist for the Inner London Education Authority, and from 1976 to 1978 she was a community worker.

    Following her success as an author, Emecheta travelled widely as a visiting professor and lecturer. From 1972 to 1979 she visited several American universities, including Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    From 1980 to 1981, she was senior resident fellow and visiting professor of English, University of Calabar, Nigeria. In 1982 she lectured at Yale University, and the University of London, as well as holding a fellowship at the University of London in 1986.
    From 1982 to 1983 Buchi Emecheta, together with her journalist son Sylvester, ran the Ogwugwu Afor Publishing Company.

    (from Wikipedia)