May 7, 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. Efuru has ratings and 43 reviews. Paul said: Published in , this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published (this. Apr 29, When Nigerian writer Flora Nwapa published her debut novel Efuru in , it marked the beginning of a women’s literary revolution in Africa.

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

Common terms and phrases Adizua age-group Ajanupu asked Amede ancestors angry baby beautiful began called efueu canoe cassava child cloth cook daugh daughter daughter-in-law dibia doctor dowry drink Efuru asked Efuru’s father Efuru’s mother-in-law Eneberi Eneke farm finished fish fufu ganashi gave Gilbert Gilbert’s mother girl give greeted ground-nuts happened happy head hear heard husband Igbemgbele kill kola lake laughed leave Let day break look Mgbam mgba morning Ndoni night Nkoyeni Nkwo day Nnona Nwabata Nwabuzo Nwashike Ogene Nwosu ogbono soup Ogea’s mother Ogea’s parents Ogonim Omerere Omirima Onicha Orisha Ossai paddled palm oil palm wine pounds refused returned schnapps sister sleep soup stream sympathizers talk tell Thank things told took town trade Uhamiri wait washed wept white disease wife woman women worry wrappa yams young.

For more info on the festival, visit our website: As a wise woman, Efuru knows floa 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Unknown to him, Efuru has already fallen in love with him.

Flora Nwapa

Further she worked as a publisher of African literature and promoted women in African society. It is required for proper orientation in the story. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.

In the economic structure, one observes the resources the Yoruban culture considers vital to maintain wellness and health. Within this culture she finds strength in her kitchen, and the “symbols of empowerment” and “weapon in the truest sense of the word” Nnaemeka harbored there. There are few curlicues of language or poetic flourishes here. She is later chosen by the goddess of the lake, Uhamirito be one of her worshipers, Uhamiri being known to offer her worshipers wealth and beauty but few children.


May 21, Helynne rated it really liked it. The first year of their marriage is a happy one. Efuru is vivid and spare and elegant.

After both parties have proclaimed their love for each other, they begin to live together without the payment of the customary bride price and the paraphernalia of traditional marriage celebration. Maybe it was a case of woman to woman After they have made enough money, Efuru suggests that her husband should go to her father to pay her bride price.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Through her spiritual connection with Uhamiri The Goddess of the Lake and her deep understanding of her divinity she overcomes everything. Efuru then tries to look for him, but after failing, she leaves his house and goes back to the house of her father who receives her happily as she can care for him better than others. That century-old idea that a woman who does not understand her man somehow has an inherent need to be with other women is a “bad woman,” and the woman who feels the same need to be with another is an adulteress, well that idea also still exists.

This is why one can really feel for Efuru who has now become a bitter woman. Although she has purposed in her heart to marry Gilbert, Efuru decides to confide with Ajanupu, her mentor before she gives Gilbert her consent. Gilbert tells his friend about a son he has had at Ndoni with the knowledge of neither his wife nor his mother.

She was distinguished herself” Nwapa 1. After the customary preparation, Efuru goes to live with her new husband. Efuru buries the child without her husband at the funeral. It frustrates me reading some of the reviews for Efuru on here. The book is a full and accurate portrayal of traditional Igbo culture, still evident to this day. She worked as a teacher and administrator in Nigeria from until the Biafran civil war erupted in Short story, brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters.


Importance of Children in a Marriage In African society, a child plays a central role in any marriage. He also enquires of her personal life and welfare and listens passionately to her conversation. Because of overwork, he develops appendicitis which threatens his life. Enterprising Nature of Women It seems that the authoress deliberately uses Efuru to debunk the assumption that women are less enterprising compared with men. Efuru and Her Husbands Though she loves both men she marries, Efuru does not forget about her own rights.

She is the daughter of Nwashike Ogene, a hero and leader of his tribe. Sep 17, Madolyn Chukwu rated it it was sfuru.

Yet her personal life is mired with tragedy: Although we expect her to be a bitter woman who would not want to treat anybody with care because of her predicament, Efuru surprises many of us by putting her problems aside to care for other people in need.

Nigeria has a diverse geography, with climates ranging from arid to humid equatorial. View all 18 comments.

Efuru by Flora Nwapa

For example, like Nwosu, many low income earners in the continent, in their wanton desire for social mobility, will get a loan or use their hard-earned little income to throw a party, buy a chieftaincy title or take another wife rather than invest such money for multiplication and profit. Yet, she questions this worship when she remembers that Utuoso had no children, and cannot return the people she has lost in her life. The community, its harmony, and customs are described in a world that is changing for all the inhabitants both old and young.

She gave women beauty and wealth but she had no child. Efuru – Flora Nwapa 2 tlora Jan 10, An incredibly talented, imaginative, evocative African writer. This is why it is often said that to whom much is given, much is expected.

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