Prolific female Nigerian writer Florence Onyebuchi Emecheta has died at the age of 72 in London. The award winning writer who was born on 21 July, 1944 died on 25 January 2017 and was the author of over 20 books. Notable among her works are: Second-Class Citizen, The Bride Price, The Slave Girl, The Joys of Motherhood among many others.
Most of her works bordered on the themes of themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education which won her considerable critical acclaim and honours, including an Order of British Empire in 2005. The legendary writer 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.” She has been characterised as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948”.
May her soul rest in peace.
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