WINNER of the JOCK CAMPBELL NEW STATESMAN AWARD
The coming of age tale of an orphan girl sold into slavery in her own land.
Set in the early 1900s, in colonial Nigeria, The Slave Girl tells the story of ‘twice-born’ Ogbanje Ojebeta who, following the death of her parents is betrayed by her older brother and sold into domestic slavery. She finds solace among her fellow slaves but learns the painful lessons of what it means to be owned by another. As she grows into a woman she longs for freedom and for a family of her own. She realises that she must ultimately decide her own destiny, and when the opportunity arises, makes a choice that we as modern readers might find surprising.
“Buchi Emecheta generates a fine sympathy with human distress; this loving novel makes a telling indictment of pagan and Christian inhumanity to women.” New Statesman
“Ms Emecheta once again creates an authentic character and scene and… explains the network of customs from the past which have contributed to present attitudes.” Sunday Telegraph
“Miss Emecheta’s prose has a shimmer of originality, of English being reinvented…” John Updike, The New Yorker
“deserves to be read” Financial Times