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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Afrikkalainen nainen kuvataan kerrankin vahvana toimijana. Efuru’s life isn’t as society expects, but through her challenges she carries herself superbly.

She introduces another woman to the doctor to be treated of her chronic foot disease. 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

In her village, a single, childless woman is a cause for fear, and the villagers begin to gossip, a favorite and powerful pastime. Efuru – Flora Nwapa. If not for her timely intervention, this kind woman would have died. The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited. Efuru is confused as she does not know what she has done to offend her husband. Unknown to him, Efuru has already fallen in love with him. Despite the fact that they have not been able to pay their debts, the couple still have the effrontery to go back to their creditor, Efuru to request for another loan.

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Have students work in groups to create a screenplay for Efuru. Like Jesus, Efuru continues to love the unloved and cares for people despite their depravity. Anyone criticising this novel for its simplicity – try to craft a response more eloquent than Efuru’s when she speaks of ‘suffering for herself’.

Efuru is every woman who has loved a man as a partner and friend, but had him torn away by greed, gossip, and jealousy. Nigeria’s first female novelist showed in works like this that she is easily one of the best in Africa, and the world – with perennial themes of motherhood, travails with men and society etc. 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.


Chapter Fourteen Gilbert takes Nkoyeni as a wife who will give him children since Efuru cannot conceive.

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. Although she comes from a noble family, she chooses a humble life and this complements her beauty. Retrieved 2 December Let us not be afraid to say that we are feminists … Globally, we need one another.

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. Achebe minced no words in his memoir There Was a Country: Even as the burial obsequies are going on, he is not around to help Efuru as he has gone for trade. If you like this book or others like it, you may want to join us for Africa Writes.

Jan 17, Ifeyinwa rated it really liked it.

When Efuru’s husbands are unfaithful to her, she also, unlike in other polygamous villages, is able to leave her husbands. Efuru is an industrious young woman who has experiences of unhappy marriages. As a wise woman, Efuru knows that for her business to spring back, she has to get a nanny who will take care of their baby and fortunately for her, her husband does not frown at her decision.

Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa.

Dec 07, Saberina Agyei rated it liked it. Nwapa, born in Oguta, was the forerunner to a generation of African women writers.

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Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Later critics of Efuruhowever, commend Nwapa for creating an image of female protagonists which is unlike that created by Nigerian male writers. Efuru captured my heart.


Efuru is terribly sad because she has lost someone who was not only so dear to her but also an acquaintance to confide in whenever she had a problem. 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.

A medical doctor from Onitsha, Uzaru is sympathetic and has a soft spot for Efuru. The story opens a window onto customs and traditions going back centuries which are beginning to die out with younger generations and the encroachment of white culture and medicine. 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. Books by Flora Nwapa. Therefore, I am not surprised that Efuru has to walk away from such marriage if at all one could call it marriage.

This site provides biographical information on Flora Nwapa as well as a number of links to other pages. I was already aware of Achebe, but my gut feeling told me that this woman was a better writer!

In addition to Efuru’s independence, she clearly accepts her culture’s “traditional practices such as circumcision and polygamy, traditional beliefs and traditional attitudes towards wifehood and infertility” Nnaemeka This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected.

After her father has tried his best to bring her back but to no avail, he gives up and considers her lost. Fortunately, the money was not stolen and they give Efuru the money to keep for them. She had never experienced the joy of motherhood. Account Options Sign in. The protagonist, Efuru, is twice married but both marriages fail despite her love and loyalty.