Efuru has 5 ratings and 0 reviews. This edition marks the 50th anniversary of Efuru, the first novel by Nigeria’s Flora Nwapa. Originally. Before her death on October 16, , Nwapa said in an interview that she used Efuru to explore how women are treated in the society. Having. Appearing in , Efuru was the first internationally published book, in English, by a Nigerian woman. Flora Nwapa () sets her story in a small village .

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It introduced me a bit more to Nigerian culture and traditions.

Kirjan kerronta oli verkkaista, vaikka paljon tapahtui. Perhaps because it is written by a woman? In addition to Efuru’s independence, she clearly accepts her culture’s “traditional practices such as circumcision and polygamy, traditional beliefs and traditional attitudes towards wifehood and infertility” Nnaemeka She and Ajanupu visit the family to commiserate with them.

Ebuka marked it as to-read Jan 14, Having studied abroad and served in government and educational sector in Nigeria at different times and towns, there is no doubt that Nwapa had mingled enough with the society to perceive the way women are treated.

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Books by Flora Nwapa. Marriage in Efuru’s Village Efuru’s village is a polygamous village. Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries. Worth the read if you are not easily bothered. The book is rich in portrayals of the Igbo culture and of different scenarios which have led to its current status as a feminist and cultural work.

Arguably, no man respects a woman in common law marriage or cohabitation. In the economic structure, one observes the resources the Yoruban culture considers vital to maintain wellness and health. Just look at the difference in ratings; Things Fall Apart has ratings and reviews and Efuru has ratings and 17 reviews.


Early paperback edition cover. However, I may not be in a position to judge him because I do know, as William Shakespeare said, that the evil that [people] do live efurh them. Flora Nwapa deconstructed such beliefs by creating an nwapq and dialectic dynamics. She is the maid of Efuru. Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer.

Flora Nwapa wrote the novel Efuruthe story of a talented, brilliant, and beautiful woman who, living in a small community, is confined by tradition. Nwosu would not go to the bank to get a loan because he knows that no bank will loan him money to take a title. Efuru is a strong and successful woman in her West African village. Later critics of Efuruhowever, commend Nwapa for creating an image of female protagonists which is unlike that created by Nigerian male writers.

This is the truth that he has concealed from Efuru ever since they got married. It could be argued that Gilbert himself has some reservations as to whether Efuru will accept his proposal. For example, like Nwosu, many low income earners in the continent, in their wanton desire for social mobility, will get a loan or use their hard-earned little income to throw a party, buy a chieftaincy title or take another wife rather than invest such money for multiplication and profit.

Everything about Flora Nwapa screamed ‘feminist’, everything but her own words – Ventures Africa

Well, it is better told than experienced. All too often they mention enjoying this ‘simple’ novel, even though it lacks any ‘real narrative’.

Although Efhru is indebted to her, she still promises to give him another loan and she also gives sixteen shillings to Nnona who has been robbed. For more info on the festival, visit our website: Chapter Eight Efuru does not allow the excitement of her new relationship to stop her from being kind to people as usual.

Uhamiri is rather, “a fpora of hope for all women so that her devotees such as Efuru can taste of her kind of freedom and happiness with or without children.


It is available in both French and English. Not quite efuur, Efuru is circumcised without the consent of her father. I am grateful that Flora Nwapa created such an important lamppost.

To ask other readers questions about Efuruplease sign up. Anyone criticising this novel for its simplicity – try to craft a response rfuru eloquent than Efuru’s when she speaks of ‘suffering for herself’. No thanks to Gilbert who has abandoned and relegated a woman who has invested so much in his life.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. LaBae marked it as to-read May 23, True to human nature, Gilbert and Sunday share their childhood nostalgias and escapades as well as their future hopes and impediments. Although she has purposed in her heart to marry Gilbert, Efuru decides to confide with Ajanupu, her mentor before she gives Gilbert her consent.

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Flora Nwapa and the African woman’s struggle to identify as feminist

So she remains in town to trade while her husband shuttles from farm to town frequently to see her. Her second marriage eventually fails as her husband nwa;a to treat her badly and favour his two other wives. Today, Google pays homage dlora her by making her the doodle on their homepage in celebration of what would have been her 86th birthday. She was happy, she was wealthy. While Efuru is still rehearsing her plan to confront her renegade husband, Ogonim, her only child and source of hope dies after a few bouts of convulsive attacks.

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