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Buchi Emecheta dies at 72

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Tributes are being paid to Nigerian novelist, Buchi Emecheta, who died at her home in London on Wednesday at the age of 72.

She was one of Nigeria’s veteran writers, an author of more than 20 books including The Joys of Motherhood, Second-Class Citizen, The Bride Price and The Slave Girl, and had received many literary awards.

According to the British Council, much of her fiction was focused on sexual politics and racial prejudice, and was based on her own experiences as both a single parent and a black woman living in the UK.

She left her husband when he refused to read her first novel and burnt the manuscript, a World Service series on women writers reported.