Dead people don’t read obituaries,  praise them in life 

On Wednesday  the 25th, Buchi Emecheta died at 72 in England. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Unlike Mme Miriam who  I visited and am hoping will become more comfortable having alerted a few friends to her situation, Abrahams died alone and with many, including myself, having done little to acknowledge his contribution to literature when he was alive.
  • Two days after Abrahams’ demise, it was the twelfth anniversary of the death of another South African writer, K. Sello Duiker.  A borderline schizophrenic, Duiker did not live to even a third of Abrahams’ life, dying at his own hands at age 30.
  • Fortunately in the case of artists like Emecheta, Duiker and Abrahams, their work lives on. But how about we start trying, if we are not already doing so, to show appreciation for our artists, our liberators, our parents, our children, our siblings and our friends while they are alive?

On Wednesday  the 25th, Buchi Emecheta died at 72 in England.

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