Call for writing celebrating Buchi Emecheta for a special issue of Pambazuka News
 More about the book!

Pambazuka News is calling for articles for a special issue on the legacy of eminent Nigerian-born writer Buchi Emecheta.

Emecheta is one of the most important African female writers of the twentieth century, focusing on themes such as personal hardship, marriage and family, motherhood, education, death, migration, racism, the changing roles of women in Nigerian society, the Nigerian civil war and colonialism. She published over 20 books, including Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977), The Joys of Motherhood (1979), Head Above Water (1986), Gwendolen (1989) and The New Tribe (2000).

Pambazuka News will publish a special collection of articles in January 2018, the first anniversary of Buchi Emecheta’s death.

From Pambazuka News:
The objectives of the proposed Special Issue are:

  • to celebrate Buchi Emecheta’s life and work
  • to critically appreciate her messages to Africa and the world and
  • to reflect upon the challenge that her example offers for our times.


Pambazuka News welcomes a broad array of articles on Buchi Emecheta, including poems, scholarly, creative and creative non-fiction submissions.

Sub-themes to consider (but not limited to) are:

  • The African world through Emecheta’s eyes: Pasts, presents, futures
  • Emecheta and ‘motherhood’: Race, gender and class
  • Emecheta and Black thought: Continuity and change in a globalizing world
  • Emecheta: intellectuals and political struggles in post-independence Nigeria
  • Writing and reading: Emecheta in the Cyber Age
  • Form, style and aesthetics in Emecheta’s writing
  • Perspectives on identity and sexuality
  • Womanist literature, patriarchy and transformation of the African world
  • A Black woman in the African diaspora
  • Personal encounters and tributes

Submission guidelines

Word limit: Articles should not be more than 3,000 words long, although we will accept longer articles if subject treatment requires it.

Authors should list references including end notes fully at the end of their articles. Kindly use the Harvard referencing style.

Each article should end with a 150-word biography of the author including their email address.

Articles should be submitted as a Word document attachment.

Relevant images to illustrate an article may be sent as jpeg attachments. Any other graphics may be placed within the relevant sections of the article with captions (and credits/permissions).
Deadline and publication date

The deadline for submission of articles is 1 October 2017.

Publication date is 25 January 2018.

For all enquiries about this special issue contact the guest editors on their emails below.
Guest editors

The guest editors for this special publication of Pambazuka News on Buchi Emecheta are:

Louisa Uchum Egbunike: <>

Kadija (George) Sesay: <>
Click on the link above for more!

Categories Africa Fiction Non-fiction

Tags African Writing Buchi Emecheta Nigeria Pambazuka News

1 Votes

You must log in to post a comment