La fête de buchi

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n Saturday, April 7, 2018, The Book Banque, in partnership with Angels & Muse, will host 'La Fête de Buchi' — a book meet in celebration of Buchi Emecheta's legacy. Alongside conversations about Buchi's prolific writing, there will be healthy discussions on feminism, traditional rites and other themes that transcend the author's work.

Attendees will also get a chance to purchase new reprints of 6 of her novels designed by Victor Ehikhamenor — who also designed our host space, Angels & Muse. What's more?

  • Pop up with work by female (African) authors;
  • Nibbles and palm wine;
  • Great networking opportunity!
Black [wo]men all over the world should re-unite and re-examine the way history has portrayed us.
— Buchi Emecheta
 
 

Ticket Sale

Tickets go on sale from Wednesday March 28, 2018 and are available at 2,000 Naira per pass. A limited number of tickets will be sold between March 28 to April 6, 2018. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable. They are, however, transferrable. If for any reason you are unable to attend, you may re-sell or gift your ticket to another party, on the condition that you notify us via email 24 hours before the event.

 
 

Celebrating Buchi Emecheta

In all my novels, I deal with the many problems and prejudices which exist for Black people in Britain today.
— Buchi Emecheta
 
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Image of Buchi: Val Wilmer. Cover images: Omenala Press; Masquerade Books; Allison & Busby. Read full biography by Sylvester Onwordi here.

Born on July 21, 1944, Florence Onyebuchi Emecheta was a Nigerian novelist with over 16 novels, 3 children's books and several articles and plays to her name. Though born in Lagos, Buchi, by ancestry, hailed from Ibusa (Igbuzo) - a town in the-now Delta state, Nigeria. By 16, she was married with first child and had a second child on the way. In 1962, the writer relocated to North London to join her husband.

Notably abusive, the marriage fell apart; leaving Buchi Emecheta, at 22, to raise their 5 children as a single mother in London. Working a full-time job as a librarian and pursuing a degree in Sociology from the London University, Buchi, undettered, kick started writing; drawing on her personal experiences and storytelling from home to forge through issues of racism, motherhood, identity, womanhood and sexism in her novels.

Between 1972 and 2000, she published timeless work while teaching across Europe and America. Her novels - In The Ditch, Second Class Citizen, Kehinde, Gwedolene and The New Tribe - largely tell of the immigrant in the-then less 'accepting' Britian. Her other novels - The Bride Price, The Joys of Motherhood, The Slave Girl and Double Yoke - are set between Lagos and Ibusa, while Destination Biafra recounts Nigeria's Civil War.

In 1977, Buchi was awarded the Jock Campbell New Statesman and listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. In 2005, Buchi was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE). Though she passed on January 25, 2017, Buchi Emecheta - big F, small f or whatever - was a feminist; "woman, phenomenally." Her defiance against oppressive societal and traditional rites as well as her fight for equality and equity for women are forever worth celebrating.

 
 

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