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Life in the Ditch – A black single mother in the slums of 1960s London.

  In The Ditch by Buchi Emecheta, is the semi-autobiographical tale of a young Nigerian woman, separated from her husband and living with her five small children in the slums of North London.  In spite of the desperateness of the situation, Adah is proud and ambitious and determined to retain her independence. The social workers […]

Towards a Buchi Emecheta Archive

Buchi Emecheta was a prolific writer and it is becoming clear, as her archives are being examined, that she wrote many more novels, plays and children stories, than the twenty two that were actually published in her lifetime. Since her passing in January 2017 I have had several meetings with cultural archives in London to […]

Margaret Busby and the Daughters of Africa

On the 1st of December at Goldsmiths College a celebration was held in honour of Britain’s first black publisher –  Margaret Busby  OBE .  The celebration was to mark her 50 years in the publishing industry and 25 years since the publication of her land mark anthology – Daughters of Africa. From simple beginnings –  printing […]

“Sitting on a Man”: Black Women’s Voices in the Works of Buchi Emecheta’

‘Feminism, Womanism or “Sitting on a Man”?: The Amplification of Black Women’s Voices in the Works of Buchi Emecheta’   As part of a research paper seminar next Wednesday at London’s City University, Louisa Egbunike will be giving a presentation on practices of female protest in the works of Buchi Emecheta and how such protests […]