Lucilda Hunter was born and grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She had her secondary education at the Annie Walsh Memorial School in Freetown, and finished her studies in the United Kingdom, qualifying as a graduate librarian. She later specialised in medical librarianship and information for health workers, obtaining an MPhil in that subject area from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom . For many years she was employed by the Ministry of Health as the librarian at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown before leaving to head the Library and Health Information Services at the Regional Office for Africa of the World Health Organization in Congo, Brazzaville. She took early retirement in 1999 and that same year was made a Fellow of the British Library Association, since renamed: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She now lives with her husband in Accra, Ghana.
Writing as Yema Lucilda Hunter, she is the author of four novels relating to Sierra Leone, and Freetown in particular: Road to Freedom ( African Universities Press, Ibadan, Nigeria), Bittersweet (Macmillan, UK), Redemption Song (SLWS, 2006), and Joy Came in the Morning (SLWS, 2013).
Lucilda Hunter is also the author of a self-published biography - An African treasure: in search of Gladys Casely-Hayford, as a result of which she was invited to write the article on Gladys Casely-Hayford which appears in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press).