Cyprian Ekwensi, Jagua Nana. (New York: Fawcett Premier Book, ), Pages. A Book Review By Ozodi Osuji Yesterday, July 26, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana is a tale of life in Lagos in the early s. It is about a woman caught between true love and the need to fend for herself by any . Jagua Nana [Cyprian Ekwensi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bold, moving, entertaining and controversial, this is the great novel of.

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Freddie eventually abandons her for a younger woman and his studies in England, and Jagua is left to pick up the pieces of her life.

Howard University Press, It doesn’t feel forced until the very end, when the similarity of what is decided makes sense, but the prose about it is a bit much. She sleeps and milks them all, but still has an eye on her own nnana and romantic future – she fastens her claws on young promising Freddie.

Political allegiances rarely transcended villages, which were usually ruled by councils of naa, together with people usually men who had achieved status through prowess and entrepreneurship.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. But Ekwensi published his own work well over 50 books, a book which acquired a measure of notoriety when it was well known and well distributed. I bought it as well as other books. Jagua Nana is the composite perfection of pop culture fantasies: There she manages to end a chieftaincy dispute with a neighboring village that had been threatening to flare into war for years.


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Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Stillwaters rated it it was amazing Dec 25, He wrote for children under the name C. She saw him as he was about to board his plane and tried to talk to him. Monday, Dec 7 5: Freddie is infatuated with her but realises that she cannot be considered a long-term partner and he starts a relationship with the much younger Nancy.

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Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology naha religions. Afraid of losing her beauty, Jagua whose assumed name is meant to evoke the glamour of the Jaguar automobile clings to Freddie, a young, impoverished law student whom she hopes to marry after he completes his studies.

About the Author Cyprian Ekwensi was born in Nigeria inthe son of an elephant hunter. Her father doted on her. She and her husband lived at Enugu. It does not matter that he is like 20 years younger than she is. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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It offers a lyrical reading of the subtle changes in that relationship, and is jxgua optimistic about how two caring people can develop and care for a deep love. Of these, the Hausa were the most numerous and the most conservative; they were ruled through emirates established by the marauding Fulani in the early nineteenth century.


However, fate intervenes and Jagua falls in love with Freddie, a neighbour half her age whom she wishes to marry. The source of the corruption and the allure is the same: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Emergence of African Fiction. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology.

Ekwensi is successful in conveying her outsized sexuality and its effect, and also in portraying a wide variety of Lagos jaua country men: Its grammar and intonation closely resemble the coastal languages of West Africa. This sure wasn’t Chinua Achebe.

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Author Listings Category Listing Archive. We follow her varied life afterwards. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. She was surprised at how well white folks at Ikoyi lived. Things continue to go wrong but, somehow, Jagua survives, keeps her head up and always finds something else to do.

The North was therefore at a comparative disadvantage in relation to the Southwhere the Igbo and Yoruba had nanna missionary schools and therefore had many more Western-educated professionals prepared to take jaguw government administration.