OUSD > Urban Dreams > Language Arts > Extended Literature > Grade 10 > Emecheta


PLEASE NOTE. As of June 2004 these pages and the links herein are no longer being updated or maintained. Disclaimer : Oakland Unified School District is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


The Bride Price is a gripping story about an Ibo girl, Aku-nna. Buchi Emecheta deftly captures the girl's adolescent fragility and power as she struggles to carve out her identity amongst the dictates of patriarchy -- dictates which her mother upholds to the point of betraying her own vulnerable daughter. Born of Ibo parents in Nigeria in 1944, Buchi Emecheta is known for her stories of African women struggling to maintain their identity and to construct viable lives. (© Familyplanet.org)

Web sites about this book

  • Gale Group - for teachers who are subscribed to the Gale Group online service there is an excellent overview of the Bride Price on their "The Twayne Authors Series" database. Go to Gale Group > Twayne Authors Series> African Children's and Youth Literature . Included is a comprehensive overview of the book entitled The Bride Price: A Masterpiece of African Youth Literature.

Author Biography

Buchi Emecheta was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1944.
She married as soon as she left school, aged sixteen, and had two children. Her husband went to study in London and she joined him in 1962, raveling by boat with her children.
When she came, she expected to spend two years studying librarianship, but she has spent almost forty years living mainly in England. After her arrival she had three more children and had to give up her job as a librarian so that she could take care of them.
The critical moment came when her husband refused to read her first novel and then burnt it. She realized just how important it was to her to write.... She left her husband, taking the children with her. She then had to write in order to support the family. More... (© BBC World Service; )

Web sites about the author

Related resources:

The Urban Dreams Project
"A U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant"

© 2001-2004