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Buchi Emecheta was an African writer settled in England and writing about life in London from the point of view of a foreigner or immigrant trying to make her way. Looking back from afar at her homeland, Nigeria, she compared its culture and traditions with those in her new homeland. Her novels deal with displacement, diaspora, and tension between the traditional ways of her Igbo culture and the independence a woman can acquire through education and hard work. Buchi Emecheta published —besides her primary genre, the novel—plays for television, children's books, and articles for periodicals including the New Statesman, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Kunapipi, Granta, and West Africa. This is a considerable generic range for someone writing in her fourth language. Her twenty novels have been translated into French, German, Italian, and Korean.
21 July 1944 BE was born in Yaba, a housing estate originally built by the British for themselves near Lagos, Nigeria. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1976 BE's first-written novel,The Bride Price, dedicated to her mother, finally became her third published book, appearing ten years after her husband had burned the manuscript. Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1979 BE published her fifth novel, The Joys of Motherhood, in which a mother gives everything she has to her children but is totally neglected by them when they become adults. Bibliographic Citation link.
1992 Moderator David P. Rosen made a video of Buchi Emecheta discussing her novel The Joys of Motherhood and aspects of Nigerian culture with a panel of faculty, students, and alumni at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 November 2000 BE published another novel, The New Tribe, in Heinemann's African Writers Series. Bibliographic Citation link.
25 January 2017 BE died in a care home in London. Her condition had been deteriorating ever since she had a stroke in 2010. Bibliographic Citation link.
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