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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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It is also interesting to put this book in a time frame and confront this story with those of Wole Soyinka and Chinua Adebe. We thank God for Ajanupu who takes Efuru to hospital to be treated of her illness. There was a problem with your submission.

It is her genuine love for him that made her marry him in the first place and continue to endure hardship. Although she could be nagging sometimes, she respects her husband and loves him, especially when they first married. It is required for proper orientation in the story. White people are more aggravating yet doddering parental figure than ultimate villain, and when they do show up it is as comic relief or touches of dramatic plot point.

Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa.

Her independence becomes desirable and blessed. Efuruu currently reading Efuru – it’s the first work of Flora Nwapa’s that I am reading and I found the first line of the book riveting; although she has been a hovering presence in my literary awareness for a long-time I’ve never till now actually engaged with her work.

floda All the messages conveyed, although bring the play together and provide the audience with insightful readings, the play may also serve as a symbol as to how some of the African societies model the structure presented in the play. I enjoyed it very much. The book is a full and accurate f,ora of traditional Igbo culture, still evident to this day.


I read this as part of a week-long book discussion on Female African writers.

Flora Nwapa

This is the reason why she does not give her worshippers children as they wish. Like Achebe, Nwapa commentates rather than judges, but the messages are clear and this book is about the society of women in the same way Things Fall Apart is about the society of men.

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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. One of the greatest mistakes that women often make is to force their way into a marriage.

While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman’ Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa 13 January — 16 October was a Nigerian author best known as Flora Nwapa. This story moves through dialogue, something difficult to do, and yet Nwapa makes it look simple.

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. She is no doubt a good and thoughtful wife who would do nothing to hurt her husband.

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

The book also describes quite matter-of-factly the horrific ritual of female circumcision–a painful clitorectomy–that all young women in this society are expected to undergo before ma This beautiful novel describes the flira, marriage, motherhood and eventual personal epiphany of a young woman of contemporary Nigeria.


Anyway, it’s quite an interesting read, like a voyage into the core of culture, precisely the Igbo culture, learning about generational pattern and woman empowerment. Sep 17, Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was amazing. Perhaps this is why Efuru has to settle down with another man after she has been abandoned by Adizua.

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Achebe minced no words in his memoir There Was a Country: 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. The writing style is VERY straightforward, dry, short sentences lots of dialogue.

Her mother-in-law wants her to feast for at least two months after her circumcision but Efuru insists that she must start her trade as soon as possible. This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected. All too often they mention enjoying this ‘simple’ novel, even though it lacks any ‘real narrative’. 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 critics of Efuruhowever, commend Nwapa for creating an image of female protagonists which is unlike that created by Nigerian male writers. Flora Nwapaborn Jan.