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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Efuru – Wikipedia

Nwapa is remembered as the first African woman to write a novel. She gave women beauty and wealth but she had no child. Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa.

Efurj dream signifies the beginning of her worship of Uhamiri.

Efuru’s village is a polygamous village. No thanks to Gilbert who has abandoned and relegated a woman who has invested so much in his life. For these reasons we must continue to honour her feminist legacy and, in so doing, reclaim the term for African women.

However, Adizua soon abandons Efuru and their daughter Ogonim as his own father has done in nwaps.

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Gilbert tells his friend about a son he has had at Ndoni with the knowledge of neither his wife nor his mother. Her mother-in-law is fond of her. Not many women would have the courage to do what Efuru has done in this typical traditional society for fear of what people will say. Many men are like this. However, I have no qualms nwwpa this neither does Efuru.


Don’t get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Achebe.

The practices exhibited in Yoruban culture show the structure of both a social and economical factors. So she remains in town to trade while her husband shuttles from farm to town frequently to see her.

She aids the sick and poor.

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

The writing style is VERY straightforward, dry, short sentences lots of dialogue. His wife blames him for his thoughtlessness.

Efuru slept soundly that night. Later, Efuru meets an educated young man in her age group called Gilbert. Oct 29, Corvinus Maximilus rated it it was amazing Shelves: Efuru and her husband make a happy couple to the admiration and gossip of everybody in the village. Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novels If not for her timely intervention, this kind woman would have died.

He is in love with Efuru having overcome his apathy for women following his first relationship which ended in failure. Perhaps this is why Efuru has to settle down with another man after she has been abandoned by Adizua.


Efuru is every love-stricken daughter who marries without her parents’ consent and alas, bears the brunt of such decision.

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

Aug 03, Cheryl rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender. Because of the nwapq she has for him, she elopes with Adizua. Although we are not told why he was jailed in the trading town of Onicha, we may not be totally wrong to speculate that he may have committed a crime or he was a partner in crime. Furthermore, Nwapa gained even more recognition for her work, as the Nigerian government granted her several prestigious awards after Efuru was released.

The title character endures many hardships throughout the book, but she survives and thrives. It does not appeal to me.

It introduced me a bit more to Nigerian culture and traditions. It was not only that she came from a distinguished family.

When the child takes ill and dies, Adizua cannot be found for the funeral and is said to have married another woman.