Reading Buchi Emecheta’s, The Slave Girl – Jan, 2017

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In her works, Buchi Emecheta is a writer that is able to capture with warmth and emotions, the atmosphere of an era. The Slave Girl, is no exception.

Not only is this work a page turner, but one I find captivating. The text gives the reader a sense of life during the pre colonial/ colonial African era, as it is set in Nigeria. As with other works of Emecheta, this work does not promise the reader anything, nor does it seek to posit how to be or not be, but instead, seeks to be heard. Listened to.


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The Slave Girl, looks into the family system of the above era, focusing on what made up the values and customs of the people.

By exploring majorly the issues in this text from the perspective of a female protagonist, Ogbange Ogbete, we are given an insight into the prevalent beliefs…

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