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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In many traditional African societies where traditional religion is practised, a native doctor is usually the answer to all problems confronting anyone in such society.

But after the young men have seen that Efuru is happy living with her lover, they decide nwaa plead with her to convince her man to fulfil his traditional marriage obligations. Lists with This Book. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of The narrative is written in a style which is almost cinema-like, as it is able to capture and display circumstances the way film does.

This chapter reveals the jealous disposition of Adizua. Efuru is an flroa book about a young woman and is set in the Igbo rural community in Nigeria. A medical doctor from Onitsha, Uzaru is sympathetic and has a soft spot for Efuru.

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

Want it from a woman’s perspective? Chapter Seventeen With the help of Ajanupu, Efuru is taken to a hospital in Aba where she is cured of her illness. Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender. As usual, Efuru is neither perturbed by the presence of her rival wife nor her step son. I’m glad I read it once, probably won’t read it again. Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was amazing Sep 17, It is published by Emory University and contains biographical information on Flora Nwapa as well as notes on Nwapa, and a list of major publications.


See all 5 questions about Efuru…. Altough bwapa is successful, she still gives back to those who give her so much. The language is almost like reading a play’s script.

Jan 17, Ifeyinwa rated it really liked it. Sunma, who is deeply in love with Eman, was very possessive about her love. The simplicity of sentence structure is helpful in understanding Nwapa’s world in this book. However, things start to get bitter when Efuru is unable to conceive any children.

She supports her husband financially and is very loyal to him, which makes her mother-in-law and aunt by marriage very fond of her. It’s refreshing to read of a woman who lived in an unconventional way for her era. Yet, she questions this worship when she remembers that Utuoso had no children, and cannot return the people she has lost in her life. This fashion designer is turning afro hair into luxury fabrics In a world that often rejects them, this site offers queer African women a place to belong.

Gilbert tells his friend about a son he has had at Ndoni with the knowledge of neither his wife nor his mother. Gilbert has had a son before they married. While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman’s viewpoint.

Grace Karisa marked it as to-read Dec 26, Through her spiritual connection with Uhamiri The Goddess of the Lake and her deep understanding of her divinity she overcomes everything. If there is culture, it is done, not described as it is by writers who pander to “diversity” and believe that, despite not living the diversity, they can somehow fake it.

Archived from the original PDF on True to her nature, while Efuru is still looking for the solution to her problem—childlessness, she still stoops to lend a helping eefuru to other people in need.

Transformative feminist texts are quantitatively predominant in Africa, ergo, the efuur approach is more popular on the continent. Efuru is vivid efuri spare and elegant. Dec 07, Saberina Agyei rated it liked it. Perhaps this is why Efuru has to settle down with another man after she has been abandoned by Adizua. Becky Atom rated it liked it May 25, 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.


The protagonist is a Nigerian girl who must submit to the traditinal female genital mutilation which was the standard in the early 20th century as well as currently in some African countries. Nobody dares to challenge her decision because it has become obvious that her renegade husband will never return. Everyone that comes to greet and console her encourages her that she will soon remarry.

Efuru by Flora Nwapa

However, she shows that unlike many woman in her community, she can survive with children and still find strength in her businees and her religious faith. Efuru is an industrious young woman who has experiences of unhappy marriages. Nwapa’s ‘Efuru’, then, is a breath of fresh air, especially in a world where Things Fall Apart is practically the only book of Africa, specifically Nigeria, specifically Igbo, that the average person who claims to be a reader has in their back history.

She worked as a teacher and administrator in Nigeria from until the Biafran civil war erupted in This is the major reason Efuru is worried and devastated when it seems a child is not coming. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

As a writer and a publisher, Nwapa was a trailblazer. They get married, this time following the traditions of the land. Consequently, the criticism is only partial, and is usually brought forward in a differentiated way.

Lyndsey added it Jan 26, Her novel Efuru is among the napa English-language novels by a woman from Africa.