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 . Efuru explores Nigerian village life and values, a world where spirits are a part of everyday life – as accepted, respected, and feared as one’s own relatives. Efuru.

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

Aug 28, Bradley Cannon rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The reader is taken through the everyday life experiences of women in an African setting. So, after a month she celebrates her integration into womanhood by going to the market to show herself. She attended school at Ibadan floora Edinburgh, later to return and teach efurru Nigeria. She is of the Igbo and her own nature is her saviour.

Look up a play based in Africa and most likely, you’d be in good hands.

Chapter Seventeen With the help of Ajanupu, Efuru is taken to a hospital in Aba where she is cured of her illness. Efuru buries the child without her husband at the funeral. Want more beautifully simple writing? Efuru Early paperback edition cover. Flora Nwapa was born inand raised in Eastern Nigeria. No sooner Nwosu and his wife had gone than Nnona, the woman whom Efuru had helped to heal her sore, comes in seeking financial help.

Chapter One Efuru meets a young man, Adizua who proposes marriage to her but has no money for her bride price. Ironically, no one wants to probe the fertility of Gilbert, not even Efuru. View all 18 comments. Heinemann- Fiction – pages. Ajanapu has 7 children 3. Maybe it was a case of woman to woman This shows how women are subjugated in typical African societies where men dominate.


In the end she decides to take control of her own destiny by divorcing Gilbert and becoming a worshipper of the goddess of the lake, Uhamiri. Independent, wise, resourceful Efuru is a delight. Efuru makes consistent efforts to get along with her husband but to no avail. However, Efuru does not care.

Something usually happens when two old friends meet as we see in this chapter. After a little protestation, Gilbert agrees to have another wife.

She was happy, she was wealthy. 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.

Because of his acute poverty, he has to pawn one of his children. However, the fact is that although this Indian culture is not popular here in Africa, there is a subtle variation of it in the case of a woman having to give her prospective husband some money for her bride price because he is either too poor or too reluctant.

Admittedly, Efuru is a woman of many sorrows. As said, this is a novel for adults, and I don’t mean the lazy indicators of such in terms of violence and sex and other gratuitous shock tropes. Both men symbolize Colonial power, Adizua by his abuse after having profited by marrying Efuru naapa having paid a dowry, and Gilbert, by his Christian name nwaps ideals after having attended a Colonial school.

Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer. Although feminist groups are exposing this awful practice more and more to the world at large and trying to get it outlawed in Africa, the Middle East and other areas of the world where it is routinely practiced, the ritual still goes on today.

But before the arrangement for the marriage finishes, Efuru takes ill. Unknown to him, Efuru has already fallen in love with him.

Perhaps because it is written by a woman? There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.


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This is why he asks her to give a thought to his proposal before she gives him an answer. Pregnancy, marriage, female circumcision are all discussed, alongside subtle nods to the presence of colonialism.

Before Efuru and her husband had a baby, their business was booming, but now that she has a baby, her attention is given more to her baby than her business.

Are you less of a woman if you don’t have kids? Efuru is a strong and successful woman in her West African village. Efuru is independent and thinks of herself as well as her husbands. 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.

Common terms and phrases Adizua age-group Ajanupu asked Amede ancestors angry baby beautiful began called camwood canoe cassava child cloth cook daugh daughter daughter-in-law dibia doctor dowry drink Efuru asked Efuru’s father Efuru’s mother-in-law Eneberi Eneke farm finished fish fufu ganashi gave Gilbert Gilbert’s mother girl give greeted ground-nuts happened happy head hear heard husband Igbemgbele kill kola lake laughed leave Let day break look Mgbam mgba morning Ndoni night Nkoyeni Nkwo day Nnona Nwabata Nwabuzo Nwashike Ogene Nwosu ogbono soup Ogea’s mother Ogea’s parents Ogonim Omerere Omirima Onicha Orisha Ossai paddled palm oil palm wine pounds refused returned schnapps sister sleep soup stream sympathizers talk tell Thank things told took town trade Uhamiri wait washed wept white disease wife woman women worry wrappa yams young.

They talk about issues which affected them while they were in school and their present conditions. May her soul rest in peace.