May 7, 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. Efuru has ratings and 43 reviews. Paul said: Published in , this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published (this. Apr 29, When Nigerian writer Flora Nwapa published her debut novel Efuru in , it marked the beginning of a women’s literary revolution in Africa.

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Efuru calls it her “bath,” and willingly submits to the cutting and florw. 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.

I don’t know if troubling is the right word but it’s jarring to read an account of female genital mutilation and just have the speaker go along with it and say how wonderful it is. Well, Efuru is all of those things. She is able to bring in the highest prices, and pay the lowest. This is because in their culture and floea, polygamy is not only acceptable but also encouraged.

Efuru by Flora Nwapa

This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. Like Jesus, Efuru continues to love the unloved and cares for people despite their depravity. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I am grateful that Flora Nwapa created such an important lamppost. While she is trying to grapple with the absence of a husband for whom she has sacrificed so much, her only child becomes sick and dies suddenly. This is the mistake that Efuru made in the beginning of her relationship with Adizua when she eloped to live with him. Nwapa, like most African writers, does not focus on prose design; rather, her prowess is in creating drama through storytelling, something most African writers do powerfully.


Now that he has come back from his adventurous trade to see his wife on sick bed, rather than apologise to her for returning late and getting her treated, he accuses her of infidelity in order to cover his shame. Arguably, no man respects a woman in common law marriage or cohabitation.

Chapter Sixteen Many people are now coming to console Efuru who is very sad not only because she lost her dad but also because Gilbert, her husband who has gone for trade did not participate in the burial of her father. But he was a literary genius, just like Nwapa and Emecheta.

Let us not be afraid to say that we are feminists … Globally, we need one another. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Speaking at a conference in Nigeria before her death inshe said: She is clora doubt a gossip but a custodian of the tradition—she wants Gilbert to get another wife for the sake of procreation.

The whole village knows Efuru, “she f,ora a remarkable woman. Retrieved 2 December According to Yvonne Chaka Chaka, every woman needs a man.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nwaa of her astute enterprising nature, she is able to raise money within a short time nwxpa help her renegade husband pay her bride price. Jul 11, Sami Tunji rated it liked it. Difficult to keep the characters’ names and relationships to each other straight. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


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

Chapter Nine After Efuru and her husband have visited the doctor in Onitsha for treatment lfora her childlessness, she visits her father to confide in him about terrible dreams she has had of recent. But to suffer for a truant husband, an irresponsible husband like Adizua is to debase suffering. She works hard to develop her environment.

This is why Efuru accepts the verdict of the priest that she has been chosen to serve the sea goddess, Uhamiri. Uhamiri is rather, “a symbol 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.

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Not long after she has returned to her father, a suitor, Eneberi, appears. Her novel Efuru is among the first English-language novels by a woman from Africa.

Flora Nwapa

Most low income families in Africa would use their hard-earned money or loan to organise a party and after that they would going begging to survive. I was already aware of Achebe, but my gut feeling told me that this woman was a better writer!

However, I am not surprised at her mien because Nwapa is trying to show us efutu side of a woman vis-a-vis another side of humanity.