So early in the year, the Nigerian literary world has been dealt a very harsh blow with the death of foremost female novelist, Buchi Emecheta.

Much of her life’s work and novels centred around women empowerment and the lives of women both in Africa and in Britain.

Below are ten of her most famous quotes which we will forever remember her by;

  1. A hungry man is an angry one.
  2. Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.
  3. I work toward the liberation of women, but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.
  4. In all my novels, I deal with the many problems and prejudices which exist for Black people in Britain today.
  5. A man is never ugly.
  6. Being a woman writer, I would be deceiving myself if I said I write completely through the eye of a man. There’s nothing bad in it, but that does not make me a feminist writer. I hate that name. The tag is from the Western world – like we are called the Third World.
  7. 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.
  8. I like to be called a Nigerian rather than somebody from the Third World or the developing or whatever.
  9. I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person… to enable people to have a whole picture of me; I have to both write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.
  10. I usually make sure that my stories are from Africa or my own background so as to highlight the cultural background at the same time as telling the story.

Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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