The Slave Girl

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BRAZILLER BOOKS, May 1, 1980 - Fiction - 182 pages
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The Slave Girl follows the fortunes of Ogbanje Ojebeta, a Nigerian woman who is sold into slavery in her own land after disease and tragedy leave her orphaned as a child. In her fellow slaves, she finds a surrogate family that clings together under the unbending rule of their master. As Ogbanje Ojebeta becomes a woman and discovers her need for home and family, and for freedom and identity, she realizes that she must ultimately choose her own destiny.

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Happily, many new African writers have recently gained acclaim in the US, and Buchi Emecheta is a pioneer from an earlier generation. She was born in Kenya during WW II, moved to London, and writes ... Read full review

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The story is about an orphaned girl in a small village in Nigeria who is sold into slavery by her brother. A rich, distant relative buys the girl and raises her. It is an interesting view of how women ... Read full review

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About the author (1980)

Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944. She emigrated to London, England in 1960. She received a sociology degree at the University of London. She worked as a social worker for a number of years and contributed a column to the New Statesman about black British life. She wrote 20 novels during her lifetime including The Joys of Motherhood, The Rape of Shavi, Second Class Citizen, Into the Ditch, The Bride Price, and The New Tribe. Her first play, A Kind of Marriage, was screened on BBC TV in 1976 and was adapted into a novel in 1986. Her autobiography was entitled Head Above Water. In 2005, she was made an OBE for services to literature. She died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 72.

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