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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Help us improve this article! Efuru is vivid and spare and elegant. Her husband consents to her decision and they bring in Ogea, a ten-year-old girl to attend to Ogonim, their daughter. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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If you claim the right to read your own myopic way out of freedom and whatnot, sure, go your own way. 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 standing alone.

Eventually, she b it. A few examples are how she loves her rival wife who has become a thorn in her flesh and how she promises Nwosu another loan even when he has not repaid the one he collected.

Efuru, a highly respected woman of her village, carries on the family tradition of treating others well and is successful as a trader. May 21, Helynne rated it really liked it. For more info on the festival, visit our website: No matter what Efuru does to make these men efyru, they only think of how to make her sad.

After a few years, Efuru has a child, but at about the same time, her husband begins disappearing for days at a time. Enterprising Nature of Women It seems nawpa the authoress deliberately uses Efuru to debunk the assumption that women are less enterprising compared with men.


Efuru is successful, happy, and free from her oppressive and abusive first husband, Adizua, and from her equally disappointing second husband Gilbert.

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It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here. Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colours used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. This chapter reveals the jealous disposition of Adizua.

Notable mistakes on the part of the writer of this blog: She is not only docile but also intelligent and sympathetic.

Bonnie A Jose marked it as to-read Aug 29, Jun 14, Ricki Nordmeyer rated it liked it. 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.

Feb 03, Jessica Brathwaite rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jwapa quite long, Efuru is circumcised without the consent of her father. Many gun salutes are also fired in honour of the departed soul. Instead, she loves her as a sister.

Internet URLs are the best. Idu centres on a nwpaa whose life is bound up with that of her husband to such an extent that when he dies she seeks him out in the land of the dead.

Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novels However, just like Christ, Efuru still loves them all the same.

Short story, brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters. She attended school at Ibadan and Edinburgh, later to return and teach in Nigeria. Originally published by Heinemann in London in Not anything “oh, so awesome! Unable to give her new husband a child, Efuru marries another bt for him after he has already taken one nwaps himself but this does flkra make him treat her any better.


Nwapa, born in Oguta, was the forerunner to a generation of African women writers. As the chapter ends, Efuru finally summons courage to tell her husband that she wants to marry another wife for him so that he can have children. Not long after she has returned to her father, a suitor, Eneberi, appears.

Flora Nwapa

She falls in love with a poor farmer called Adizua and runs away with him, upsetting her people as he did not even perform the traditional wine carrying and pay her bride price. Efuru then meets Gilbert, an educated man in her age group. She also is known for her governmental work in reconstruction after the Biafran War. Chapter Four Adizua is no now avoiding his wife like a plague even as he keeps late nights.

He might even have helped Nwapa in getting published In transformative texts, men are more sharply and complexly criticised.

And I say, No, I am not a feminist. The beginning and end were better than the middle. She is empowered by a local deity and moves ahead beyond—not instead of—childbearing. Consequently, the criticism is only partial, and is usually brought forward in a differentiated way.

Although one may quick to describe his attitude as love, I only see him as a jealous husband who would want to monitor his wife by all means.