Buchi Emecheta: Google Doodle celebrates Amazing British-Nigerian author

Google has put out a new doodle to celebrate Buchi Emecheta, the British-Nigerian writer who died in 2017.

The new Google Doodle is commemorating what would be the 75th birthday of the recognized writer of 20 novels, one of her novels which I found to be a masterpiece is “joys of motherhood”.

Buchi Emecheta was born on 21 July 1944 in an ethnic Ibo family in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up listening to her grandmother’s tales. She married in 1960 at the age of 16, and her first daughter was born in the same year. By 1966, when she was 22, the family had five children.

Her husband Sylvester Onwordi traveled to London to attend university in 1962, and Emecheta followed him with their children. 

Later in life, she established herself as a visiting professor of English at various US universities including UCLA and Yale and became a resident fellow of English at the University of Calabar in Nigeria.

She was named an Officer of the British Empire in 2005.

A stroke affected her ability to move and write in 2010, and she died in London on 25 January 2017. 

She has marked her mark in the literary world.

Rest on the greatest African writer l know.


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