Buchi Emecheta Quotes That Will Always Be Remembered

A compilation of 20 Buchi Emecheta quotes.

Onyebuchi, Florence , often known as “Buchi Emecheta ,” was born on July 21, 1944 and died on January 25, 2017. She was a Nigerian-born author who moved to the United Kingdom in 1962.

Buchi Emecheta also wrote plays, an autobiography, and children’s books. Second Class Citizen, The Bride Price, The Slave Girl, and The Joys of Motherhood were among her more than 20 publications.

Critics and awards recognized Emecheta’s themes of child enslavement, motherhood, female independence, and emancipation via education. She  defined her works as ” stories of the world, in which women encounter universal challenges of poverty and oppression.”

Buchi Emecheta Quotes

  1. “A man is never ugly”.”

2. “A hungry man is an angry one.”

3. “Marriage is lovely when it works, but if it does not, should one condemn oneself ? I stopped feeling guilty for being me.”

4. “The concept of whiteness could cover a multitude of sins.”

5. “I work toward the liberation of women, but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.”

6. “Few things are as bad as a guilty conscience.”

7. “When people are not educated enough for the job market, it is like a time bomb ticking away which could explode in the streets.”

8. “Living entirely off writing is a precarious existence and money is always short, bit with careful management and planning I found I could keep my head and those of my family, through God’s grace, above water.”

9. “As soon as I finish a book, I sell the paperback rights to different publishers and that’s where I recoup my money.”

10. “Writers simply have to write, and not worry so much about what people think, because public opinion is such a difficult horse to ride.”

Buchi Emecheta quotes

11. “I like to be called a Nigerian rather than somebody from the Third World or the developing or whatever.”

12. In all my novels, I deal with the many problems and prejudices which exist for Black people in Britain today.

13. “Men blackmailing you as a woman leads you to trivialise sex and say ‘it’s not important, what is important is myself as a person, no one owns me because of sex.”

14. “I believe it is important to speak to your readers in person… to enable people to have a whole picture of me; I have to both write and speak. I view my role as writer and also as oral communicator.”

15. “1975 was International Women’s Year. I had never heard the word ‘feminism’ before then. I was writing my books from the experiences of my own life and from watching and studying the lives of those around me in general. I did not know that writing the way I was, was putting me into a special category. I had the first inkling of it on 28 June 1975 when the International Women’s League invited me to give a speech.”

16. “Before I spoke, the general talk was drifting to women’s emancipation, birth control in the Third World, and how the Third World women were suffering. I don’t know why I hated people talking about us like that……… So I got up and shocked all those ladies, telling them to mind their own business and leave us Third World women alone. One could have heard a pin drop. I thought at one time I would be thrown out. But I was not.”

17. “Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.”

18. “Being a woman writer, I would be deceiving myself if I said I write completely through the eye of a man. There’s nothing bad in it, but that does not make me a feminist writer. I hate that name. The tag is from the Western world – like we are called the Third World.”

19. “But who made the law that we should not hope in our daughters? We women subscribe to that law more than anyone. Until we change all this, it is still a man’s world, which women will always help to build.”

20. “At home in Nigeria, all a mother had to do for a baby was wash and feed him and, if he was fidgety, strap him onto her back and carry on with her work while that baby slept. But in England she had to wash piles and piles of nappies, wheel the child round for sunshine during the day, attend to his feeds as regularly as if one were serving a master, talk to the child, even if he was only a day old! Oh, yes, in England, looking after babies was in itself a full-time job.”

My favorites Buchi Emecheta quotes are, “Few things are as bad as a guilty conscience.” and “Black women all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.”

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