Buchi Emecheta’s Legacy: Women are not Second-class citizens – David Adeleke

I read alot of her books as a teenager, and was very sad to hear that she had passed away at the end of January 2017. This year I plan to read her books again. This post gives a great insight into the author and her work.


buchi-emechetaI was in SS2 when I first read Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood. Like most of my classmates, I was only concerned about doing well in the Literature tests and exams. All that talk about Nnu Ego and motherhood meant very little to me and so I didn’t understand most of what I was reading. Or maybe I understood but the weight of the subject matter hadn’t dawned on me yet. Many years later, it has become impossible for me to ignore the burden and pain that women go through every day – now when I read The Joys of Motherhood, it is enough to weigh me down. Emecheta did not pluck Nnu Ego’s story of suffering, sorrow and eventual loneliness out of thin air; it is a complex and authentic illustration of what many mothers in Nigeria and Africa go through every day.

On Wednesday, January 25…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude


Having gone to the wrong car park I had missed the start of the walk by about 10-15 minutes. My options were to state walking, with the possibility of catching up with the group at some point or return home after a 30 minute drive with the possibilty of stopping somewhere  on the way for a coffee and cake. Given that I hadn’t actually done any walking yet I didn’t feel that I had undertaken a level of activity that warranted cofee and cake. I would recieve no congratulatory message from my google fit app or the satisfaction that I had added another activity to this months tally on runkeeper if I didn’t do some of the walk I had intended to do. This and the warm autumn sun decided my actions for the next couple of hours. What I like about a walk in the country is the feeling that your thoughts have space to expand compared to  when sitting at a desk. Being outside in nature seems to give them a different type of energy; being alone can add that extra level of contemplation.

This weeks challenge is Solitude, and we have been invited to show what being alone means to us. The quote given “Solitude is a place of purification” by Martin Buber inspired me to look for more quotes. Here are four quotes I like;

” A warrior balances solitude and dependence” Paulo Coelho

“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible” Picasso

“I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity” Albert Einstein

“Solitude, whether endured or embraced, is a necessary gatewaty to orginal thought” Jane Hirshfield