If it were possible, Sino-Africa scholar and author of ‘Reading China’, Oreva Olakpe, would spend a day with Buchi Emecheta. An author whose gender consciousness, ‘shaped many of the academic choices I have made since the beginning of my academic journey.’
Our questions are italicized.
What books or kinds of books did you read growing up?
My mom taught English and Literature and loves to collect books. So, I grew up surrounded by tons of African and non-African books of fiction, poetry, mythology and history. Books like Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood, Second Class Citizen and Destination Biafra, Mariama Bâ’s So Long A Letter, and Zaynab Alkali’s The Stillborn and The Virtuous Woman shaped my understanding of the things women were and are still facing in Nigeria. I particularly enjoyed reading Mabel Segun’s My Mother’s Daughter and Sorry, No Vacancy; and I read Amos Tutuola’s The Palmwine Drinkard and The Brave African Huntress co
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