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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Very early the book delivers an awakening slap to the reader in the way the story and main character embrace female circumcision. 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.

As a wise woman, Efuru efruu 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. Not long after she has returned to her father, a suitor, Eneberi, appears. At the start of her literary career, because nwala the way feminism efuuru portrayed and the manner in which she perceived it, Nwapa wanted nothing to do with the label. This is a double tragedy for Efuru.

Feb 03, Jessica Brathwaite rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: To me these backhanded compliments smack of racism; the assumption that prose not florid in the Western Tradition is ‘simple’, that a story without high drama is without point.

Apart from these two instances of physical acts of sacrifice, Efuru is seen sacrificing all she has to make her two marriages work and when they fail to work, she has to sacrifice her life to serve the Uhamiri, the Goddess of the Great Lake.

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 rfuru currently in some African countries. According to Yvonne Chaka Chaka, every woman needs a man.

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Although she could be nagging sometimes, she respects her husband and loves euru, especially when they first married. In her village, a single, childless nwaoa is a cause for fear, and the villagers begin to gossip, a favorite and powerful pastime. Their marriage ends after Adizua grows impatient and runs away with another woman.

Nwapa would later retract her earlier objections to being called a feminist. Plot Summary Efuru, a young woman in her early twenties falls in love with Adizua who is too poor to pay her bride price.

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

However, I am not surprised at her mien because Nwapa is trying to show us another side of a woman vis-a-vis another side of humanity. This is the major reason Efuru is worried and devastated when it seems a child is not coming. It could be argued that Gilbert himself has some reservations as to whether Efuru will accept his proposal.

Efuru buries the child without her nwaoa at the funeral. Not ecuru long, it becomes obvious that Adizua has eloped with another woman of easy virtue. Arguably, no man respects a woman in common law marriage or cohabitation. Her mother-in-law is fond of her. Early paperback edition cover. Efuru Flora Nwapa Snippet view – So, Efuru advises that they should get a maid who will look after their baby while she joins her husband to trade.

But to suffer for a truant husband, an irresponsible husband like Adizua is to debase suffering.

There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level. No thanks to Gilbert who has abandoned and relegated a woman who has invested so much in his life.

Marriage in Efuru’s Village. 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 thought it was contentious and against men. I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level. Sep 17, Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was amazing.

I read this as ndapa of a week-long book discussion on Female African writers. In many traditional African societies where traditional religion is practised, a native doctor is usually the answer to all problems confronting anyone in such society. Just don’t come crying to me when your myopia becomes other’s legal extradition policies and your standing for no one results in you nwappa alone. After her father has tried his best to bring her back but to no avail, he gives up and considers her lost.


Efuru, the title character in Flora Nsapa novel, is a beautiful young woman who unfortunately, always seems to have bad luck with men. Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer. Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women?

Efuru is every woman who has loved a man as a partner and friend, nwappa had him torn away by greed, gossip, and jealousy. In fact, this same idea is stressed in Awakenings: 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. The writing style is VERY floar, dry, short sentences lots of dialogue. If you can, read this with a cup of palm wine and the weighty, bitter taste of kola nut resting on your tongue.

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Literary critic Eldred Jones and author Eustace Palmer both represent the opinion of some Nigerian male writers at the time, most of whom criticize Nwapa for focusing on the affairs of women. Nwapa is remembered as the first African woman to write a novel. In those days when I grew up as a little boy, I often heard that in some cultures in India women go out to marry men. Gilbert has had a son before they married.

I wish I knew more about genre theory, but perhaps this is realism?