Google celebrates Buchi Emecheta on her 75th posthumous birthday


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Google with its doodle on Sunday celebrated Nigerian author, Buchi Emecheta on what would have been her 75th birthday.

She was a trail blazer who used her work to address issues on marginalisation of women and girls, patriarchal oppression, racism, poverty and social exclusion.


Florence Onyebuchi “Buchi” Emecheta (21 July 1944 – 25 January 2017) was a Nigerian-born British novelist,

Many say that Buchi Emecheta is to date the most important female African writer. She is certainly Nigeria’s best known woman writer, and is respected for her imaginative and documentary writing about African women’s experiences in Africa and in Great Britain.

Her themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours.

Emecheta was born with the full name Florence Onye Buchi Emecheta, in Yaba near Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944. Her mother was Alice Ogbanje Okwuekwu Emecheta, and her father was Jeremy Nwabudike Emecheta, who worked as a molder on the railways.