From the youths,to the poor and the oppressed, Buchi speaks for all, by drawing samples from her own experience as a black, jobless, separated mum living in North England with five kids having numerous needs to cater to.
Sadly, many of the weighty issues discussed in this autobiography of hers, written in the early seventies still pose themselves as grievous problems of today.
What is found most fascinating is how she was able to source humour from many of the rocky situations in which she found herself, making her sound rather comical and in the process sometimes bringing consolation upon herself by reminding her and the kids of the fact that their peers in her country( Nigeria/Biafra) had it worse; dying from snakebites in the bushes, in a bid to escape the ongoing war. To her, no where was safe, only your creator could keep you well protected through life.
- Love is like a living thing. It has to be fed, nutured and even pampered to weather time.
- After a good warm home with lots of love, any child would surely have enough confidence to be anything.
- The world has a habit of accepting the way you rated yourself.
Rating: 3/5 ( Buchi started with a strong voice,but sort of ended weak, making me lose touch with the story)
Title: IN THE DITCH
Author: BUCHI EMECHETA (1944-2017)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY LIMITED
Format: PAPER BACK
Page count: 128