5 iconic books by black women you must read this Women’s History Month

Bridget Boakye March 01, 2018

5 iconic books by black women you must read this Women's History Month

The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

Set in the early 1900s, Emecheta’s novel spans the life of generations of Nigerians across various parts of the country. It is a rich historical narrative around the life of one young Nigerian, Nnu Ego, for whom motherhood becomes a central tenant of life.

Many women shy away from this Emecheta classic because the title appears to purport a certain perspective, that about the ‘joys’ of motherhood. But rather than a campaign in support of maternity, this novel uses ordinary events to bring to the fore psychological issues African women wrestle with as it pertains to the issue of motherhood.

A reviewer in the magazine, West Africa, wrote: “Buchi Emecheta has a way of making readable and interesting ordinary events. She looks at things without flinching and without feeling the need to distort of exaggerate. It is a remarkable talent…. this is, in my opinion, the best novel Buchi Emecheta has yet written.”

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: March 1, 2018


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