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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This is a great novel; much too neglected and well worth looking out for.

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

This site offers a description of the name Efuru and its meaning. Chapter Seventeen With the help of Ajanupu, Efuru is taken to a hospital in Aba where she is cured of her illness. 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 floea average person who claims to be a reader has in their back history.

Efuru is a wonderful, strong character–the perfect woman to show a female perspective. It does not appeal to me. Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novels True to human nature, Gilbert and Sunday share their childhood nostalgias and escapades as well as their future hopes and impediments.

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Want to go back to Iboland? Efuru, the title character in Flora Nwapa’s novel, is a beautiful young woman who unfortunately, always seems to have bad luck with men.

It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here. This dream signifies the beginning of her worship of Uhamiri.


Fortunately, the money was not stolen and they give Efuru the money to keep for them. Many men are like this.

Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

She is the daughter of Nwashike Ogene, a hero and leader of his tribe. Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer. Notes on Flora Nwapa’s Efuru. She also is known for her governmental work in reconstruction after the Biafran War.

Efuru – Flora Nwapa. When Gilbert used to call her his wife when she was quite young, little wonder did she know that one day it will come true. Critics such as Christine Loflin point out that the use of dialogue in Efuru allows a sense of African feminism to emerge, free of Western imposed values. Efuru then meets Gilbert, an educated man in her age group. The booming of the cannons was announcing the departure of a great son, the last of the generation that had direct contact with the white people who exchanged hwapa cannons, hot drinks and cheap ornaments for black slaves.

Yet her personal life is mired with tragedy: Do they always succeed? Although most men in such relationship would feign love and respect for their partner, they flor do so for efuuru they will gain. You know that century-old idea that a girl’s education is futile, since she is expected to marry and raise kids? There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.

I really enjoyed this book. For these reasons we must continue to honour her feminist legacy and, in so doing, reclaim the term for African women. The leadership in the play forms a comparison to that of the King and many of the townspeople. Even now I do not think it is sour nwaap.


When Efuru is unable to bear children, she is devastated. Most low income families in Africa would use their hard-earned money or loan to organise a party and after that they would going begging to survive. She is the maid of Efuru. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She was the first woman Nigerian to be published. Although she comes from a noble family, she chooses a humble life and this complements her beauty.

She is no doubt a good and thoughtful wife who would do nothing to hurt her husband. Feb 12, Molly Bagnall rated it really liked it. 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.

She is later chosen by the goddess of the lake, Efuuto be one of her worshipers, Uhamiri being known to offer her worshipers wealth and beauty but few children. Efuru and Adizua have a daughter but he soon abandons her, just as his own father did in the past.


Arguably, marriage is not only for procreation but also for mutual love, intimacy and help. Chapter Thirteen Gilbert visits Sunday, his childhood friend, who is now an ex-service man. She was distinguished herself” Nwapa 1.