Google celebrates Nigerian author Florence Onyebuchi Emecheta
London, July 21, 2019 (AltAfrica) – Today, Google had used its Google Doodle to celebrate Nigerian author, Florence Onyebuchi Emecheta on what would have been her 75th birthday.
Nigeria-born novelist Buchi Emecheta grew up listening to her grandmother’s tales and went on to become a prolific author.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) July 21, 2019
“Buchi” has she is popularly called was born on 21 July 1944 and died on 25 January 2017. She was an accomplished Nigerian-born novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who wrote plays and an autobiography, as well as works for children. She was the author of more than 20 books, including Second Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). Most of her early novels were published by the London-based company Allison and Busby, where her editor was Margaret Busby.
Buchi’s themes of child slavery, motherhood, female independence, and freedom through education gained recognition from critics and honours. She 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.” Her works explore the tension between tradition and modernity. She has been characterized as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948”.
Among honours received during her literary career, Emecheta won the Jock Campbell Award from the New Statesman in 1978 for her novel The Slave Girl, and she was on Granta magazine’s 1983 list of 20 “Best of Young British Novelists”. She was a member of the British Home Secretary’s Advisory Council on Race in 1979.
In September 2004, she appeared in the “A Great Day in London” photograph taken at the British Library, featuring 50 Black and Asian writers who have made major contributions to contemporary British literature. In 2005, she was made an OBE for services to literature. She received an Honorary doctorate of literature from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1992.
Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates the life & work of Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta ✍️ Much of Emecheta’s writing addressed issues of gender & race and in 2005, she was named an Officer of the British Empire for her services to literature🎖️ pic.twitter.com/DAoia265ew
— The Female Lead (@the_female_lead) July 21, 2019