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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Do they always succeed? And I say, No, I am not a feminist.

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

Critics such as Christine Loflin point out that the use of dialogue in Efuru allows nwapx sense of African feminism to emerge, free of Western imposed values. While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman’s viewpoint. 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 youth, marriage, motherhood and ecuru personal epiphany of a young woman of contemporary Nigeria.

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.

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. Well, it is better told than experienced.

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They get married, this time following the traditions of the land. She and Ajanupu visit the family to commiserate with them. She is an illiterate farmer whose only sustenance is on her farm produce. Throughout the story, Efuru wishes to be a mother, though she is an independent-minded woman and respected for her trading ability.

Although vy is described as courageous and a mighty man in valour; he is lenient with her daughter, Efuru.

Simple, so so so simple sentences almost killed me at the first, but then I used to them and learned to like them. Globally, we need one another.

She is the maid of Efuru.

Her independence becomes desirable and blessed. The writing style is VERY straightforward, dry, short sentences lots of dialogue. Everyone that comes to greet and console her encourages her that she will soon remarry. This is a great novel; much too neglected and well worth looking out for.


The practices exhibited in Yoruban culture show the structure of both a social and economical factors. Before European colonization, the Igbo were…. He asks to marry her and follows traditions by visiting her father, and she accepts.

The beginning and end were better than the middle. The narrative is written in a style which is almost cinema-like, as it is Flora Nwapa’s text is a pioneering example of female African literature.

Through her spiritual connection with Uhamiri The Goddess of the Lake and her deep understanding of her divinity she overcomes everything. It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here. This chapter reveals yet another dark side of Gilbert.

This novel could easily have ended with Efuru’s emancipation involving her attending a white school and entering our wider world, but it doesn’t.


Flora Nwapa

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While her husband is still away, her only child efugu ill and dies. After that, she continues to build her business empire which later employs her husband and makes him leave his farming business which is nothing to write home about.

Sadly, the lake goddess in unable to grant Efuru her one desire, children, causing her to wonder, “why then did women worship her” Nwapa ? Efuru – Flora Nwapa. She also is known for her governmental work in reconstruction after the Biafran War. Importance of Children in a Marriage In African society, a child plays a central role in any marriage.

Not quite long, it is learnt that he was jailed for three months while in Onicha. As usual, Efuru is neither perturbed by the presence of her wnapa wife nor her step son. Further she worked as a publisher of African literature and promoted women in African society.

Even in the Holy Bible, God commands husbands to love their wives but not wives to love their husbands but to respect them. Gilbert is gruff and intolerant. Flora Nwapa deconstructed such beliefs by creating an anti-thesis and dialectic dynamics.