26 July 2015

Classic: Buchi Emecheta's 'In the Ditch'

Buchi Emecheta
Buchi Emecheta, (born July 21, 1944, Lagos, Nigeria), wrote novels, some of which should be on the list of every European Black History Month. Emecheta is an Igbo writer whose novels deal largely with the difficult and unequal role of women in both immigrant and African societies.

Emecheta was married at age 16 and immigrated with her husband to London in 1962. The problems ( sexual politics and racial prejudice)  she encountered in London during the early 1960s provided background for the books that are called her immigrant novels.

She worked as a librarian and became a student at London University in 1970, reading Sociology. And she worked as a community worker in Camden, North London, between 1976 and 1978. 

Her first two books, In the Ditch (1972) and Second-Class Citizen (1974)—both later included in the single volume Adah’s Story (1983)—introduce Emecheta’s three major themes: the quests for equal treatment, self-confidence, and dignity as a woman. Somewhat different in style, Emecheta’s later novel Gwendolen (1989; also published as The Family) also addresses the issues of immigrant life in Great Britain, writes the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica .

Read more about Buchi Emecheta at http://literature.britishcouncil.org

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