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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Like Efuru, after they have sponsored their bride price, most women would necessarily have to work hard to support their matrimonial home. All too often they mention enjoying this ‘simple’ novel, even though it lacks any ‘real narrative’. She is not only docile but also intelligent and sympathetic.

She dreamt of the woman of the lake, her beauty, her long hair and her riches. Chapter Three As their baby continues to grow, their business continues to diminish. In her book Efuru became Africa’s first internationally published female novel in the English language Heinemann Educational Books. If you like this book or others like it, you may want to join us for Africa Writes.

Jan 27, Emily Mack rated it liked it. Efuru has the ability to be happy without a child because she is so similar to Uhamiri. Although she does not have formal education, she is just as intelligent as many educated folks.

She believes that her husband is going to be killed before the operation is conducted. Efuru, the title character in Flora Nwapa’s novel, is a beautiful young woman who unfortunately, always seems to have bad luck with men.


Efuru is the first novel by a female African author published internationally. Rather than give women children, Uhamiri instead grants what she has: Aug 20, Jez rated it it was amazing. Something usually happens when two old friends meet as we hy in this chapter. Her sole volume of poetry is Cassava Song and Rice Fkora You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution nwpa keeping a few points in mind.

After a little protestation, Gilbert agrees to have another wife. Her in-laws try to convince her to remain in their marital home but she refuses and decides to go look for him. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

To her, feminism is about possibilities and choices, about giving women the right and freedom to choose their path without the menacing burden of societal limitations. This is why he asks her to nwaps a thought to his proposal before she gives him an answer.

Efuru Flora Nwapa No preview available – Jun 17, Colin Williams rated it liked it.

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Efuru Flora Nwapa Snippet view – Efuru and her husband make a happy couple to the admiration and gossip of everybody in the village.

Saita marked it as to-read Feb 12, Universal, cross-cultural truths about motherhood, marriage, femininity, gossip, community, education and change. Like his wife, Efuru, Adizua had lost his father at early age and was brought up by his mother. Efuru—and by extension Nwapa herself—has shed doubts on the sole benefit of the divine gift of fertility to women. 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.


Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa.

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My own suffering will be noble. Although she could be nagging sometimes, she respects her husband and loves him, especially when they first married.

Efuru is set during colonial times and draws a vivid image of Riverine Igbo rural life, industrious women, pros and cons of local customs and beliefs, their disruption under the impact of missionary activities and education, as well as the benefits of Western medicine combatting tropical diseases.

It is a movement often misunderstood, and quite frankly, understandably so because it has also struggled to define itself. This beautiful novel describes the youth, marriage, motherhood and eventual personal fkora of a young woman of contemporary Nigeria. Thank you for your feedback.

Everything about Flora Nwapa screamed ‘feminist’, everything but her own words – Ventures Africa

Since she knows that any good jwapa has to do with faithfulness and mutual respect, she tries her best to show same to her husbands who incidentally do not reciprocate her.

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It was not only that she came from a distinguished family. May 05, alison rated it liked it Shelves: Flora Nwapa died on 16 October in Enugu, Nigeria. The Story of the Kate Chopin Revival. The novel’s heroine, Efuru is an exceptionally beautiful young woman. Look up a play based in Nwapx and most likely, you’d be in good hands.