For her 75th posthumous birthday, Google Doodles has celebrated foremost Nigerian author Florence Onyebuchi ‘Buchi’ Emecheta for her notable works of literature.
Born to Ibo parents in Lagos, Nigeria on July 21, 1944, she relocated to London with her husband Sylvester Onwordi in the early 60s. There, she started writing stories from her personal experiences and the problems she encountered after her relocation to London. Emecheta was made an officer of the British empire OBE in 2005.
Most of her works painted pictures of the difficult and unequal role of women in the immigrant and African societies while also exploring the tension between traditional practices, modern practices and culture.
Emecheta, however, is not the first Nigerian to be publicly honored by Google. Stella Adadevoh and Stephen Keshi were also celebrated by Google Doodles in 2018 for their achievements and legacy in their fields.
Keshi helped Nigeria win two African Cup of Nations championships and recorded 20 wins, nine draws and eight losses as a coach in all FIFA tournaments.
Adadevoh was honored for helping to stop the spread of the Ebola virus when it hit Nigeria in 2016.
The public recognition given to Nigerians as well as others who have contributed in one way or the other to the wellbeing and development of humanity by Google through its Doodles is one major way to let people know that their sacrifices and efforts to help others are not taken for granted.
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