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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This chapter reveals the jealous disposition efueu Adizua. Efuru introduces an important feminist issue to Africa, contextualized in the cultural setting of Nwapa’s own Igbo home-town, Oguta: Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare. At this point, she accepts to be helped around her house by a young girl named Ogea in order to help her parents who are in financial difficulty.

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

In her character, she shows us that in life we do not always get what we want but there are always options. Jordan marked it as to-read May 13, 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.

Later, Efuru meets an educated young man in her age group called Gilbert. Shira marked it as to-read Aug 30, A mother of eight children, she is very bby to her sister and always at her beck and call whenever she needs her help.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Nigeria’s first female novelist showed in works like this that she is easily one of the best in Africa, and the world – with perennial themes of motherhood, travails with men and society etc.

She is one character I’ll never forget. Early paperback edition cover. Efuru is independent and thinks of herself as well as her florw.


After that, she continues to build her business empire which later employs her husband and makes him leave his farming business which is nothing to write bh about. This edition marks the 50th anniversary of Efuru, the first novel by Nigeria’s Flora Nwapa. Efuru thinks of her husbands and although she is not able to bear more than one child, she is willing to bring a second wife into her home in order to give her husbands more children, much like Fanny in Agatha Moudio’s Son.

Not because he has not repaid the first loan, but because of what he invested the loan in—chieftaincy title. In particular she worked with orphans and refugees that where displaced during the war. To ask other readers questions about Efuruplease sign up. It is indisputable that Ajanupu has received help and consolation from Efuru several times and it is now her turn to pay her back, and she does.

If not for her timely intervention, this kind woman would have died. She also is known for her governmental flota in reconstruction after the Biafran War.

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

As a writer and a publisher, Nwapa was a trailblazer. Difficult to keep the characters’ names and relationships to each other straight.

In fact, this same idea is stressed in Awakenings: Ciaran Monaghan marked it as to-read Apr 19, Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novels Efuru, not able to depend on her husbands, turns her faithfulness to the goddess of rfuru lake, Uhamiri.

In typical Igbo and other African societies, traditional religion plays very important role in the lives of the people and they hold traditional priests in high esteem. Efuru – Flora Nwapa. Perhaps his peers are right in calling him a fool.

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When Efuru’s husbands are unfaithful to her, she also, unlike in other polygamous villages, is able to leave her husbands. The nwaoa characters portray major social components and issues in their actions and dialogues, conveying the area’s cultural flavor.


Later she went on to become the first African woman publisher of novels when she founded Tata Press. Efuru is successful, happy, and free from her oppressive and abusive first husband, Adizua, and from her equally disappointing second husband Gilbert. If you claim the right to read your own myopic way out of freedom and whatnot, sure, go your own way.

Although Nwosu is indebted to her, she still promises to give him another loan and she also gives sixteen shillings to Nnona who has been robbed. Crises of Tradition in the Anglophone Although women are not always bestowed with the freedom to leave their husbands even when they are unfaithful, Efuru is given the freedom to leave her unfaithful husbands.

Thank You for Your Contribution! Have students examine their own personal beliefs concerning religion. Although she does not have formal education, she is just as intelligent as many educated folks.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Again, the vital role of a native doctor in a typical African traditional society is reverberated in this chapter. From this very opposition emerges the recognition of a woman’s worth beyond her fecundity. To me these backhanded compliments smack of racism; the assumption that prose not florid in the Western Tradition is ‘simple’, that a story without high drama is without point.

The leadership in the play forms a comparison to that of the King and many of the townspeople. Her independence becomes desirable and blessed. Heinemann- Fiction – pages. She was the first woman Nigerian to be published.

Books by Flora Nwapa. It does not appeal to me.