(1931–1994), Nigerian writer for children and young adults, was born in Ozubulu, Nigeria. Her children's books include The Bad Fairy and the Caterpillar (1970), The Melting Girl and Other Stories (1971), Omalinze (1971), Unoma (1976), Unoma at College (1981), Drums of Joy (1982), and Ibe the Cannon Boy (1987). In her stories Meniru highlights the problems of contemporary Nigeria: child abuse, kidnapping, and men of the underworld, as in Drums of Joy; or the second-class-citizen status of women, the burden of tradition, and the education of women, as is her focus in Unoma at College, whose protagonist rejects a “lucrative” marriage proposal in favor of a college education.
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