The Wrestling Match
by Buchi Emecheta

February, 1998
Paperback, 74 pages
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0807610619
$9.95 (Can $11.95)








This is a simple story of traditional village life written by Buchi Emecheta, one of Nigeria’s leading novelists.
The children born during the Nigerian Civil War have grown up and have formed a troublesome group with a grudge against society. They won’t work on the farm and they take no notice of their elders. The elders decide to teach them a lesson in a very subtle way.

Before they know what’s happening, the boys find themselves locked in a conflict with other boys and with each other—not with the elders. The story culminates in a great wrestling match. Who wins? They soon learn that in war, nobody wins.


Born of Ibo parents in Nigeria, Buchi Emecheta is widely known for her multilayered stories of black women struggling to maintain their identity and construct viable lives for themselves and their families. She writes, according to The New York Times, with "subtlety, power, and abundant compassion." Her novels include The Slave Girl, The Family, Bride Price, and The Joys of Motherhood.