On January 25th, 2017, Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta passed away at the age of 72. Born into poverty in Lagos, Nigeria in 1944, Emecheta went on to author 20 books and three plays. Her work subtly championed the rights of girls and women in Nigerian society. The Joys of Motherhood, her most well-known novel, captured the tight confines of womanhood in a tender and groundbreaking fashion. Aside from empowerment, Emecheta also promoted female independence - both from abusive men and from society's patriarchal structures. Buchi Emecheta's work was pivotal because it illuminated Nigerian women's hardships and unique strength for the world to see. Her extensive catalog is a testament to her tremendous talent as a writer and academic. Specifically, her semi-autobiographical novel, Second-Class Citizen, paints a harsh portrait of her own struggles as a single mother of five at only 22 years of age. Thank you, Buchi Emecheta, for your immeasurable contributions to the literary landscape in Nigeria, Africa and the world. May this phenomenally courageous woman rest in eternal peace.