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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Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender. Preview — Efuru by Flora Nwapa. In her book Efuru became Africa’s first internationally published female novel in the English language Heinemann Educational Books.

The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited. Her inability to get pregnant dooms her first marriage and reveals the importance of I read this as part of a week-long book discussion on Female African writers. Chikedondollar marked it as to-read Jan 12, What’s the definition of a ‘good woman’? This site is part of a larger site concerning B Studies.

It could be argued that Gilbert himself has some reservations as to whether Efuru will accept his proposal. Well, it is better told than experienced.

Flora Nwapa

Rather than give women children, Uhamiri instead grants what she has: So, after a month she celebrates her integration into womanhood by going to the market to show herself.

He is a poor farmer who is considered by his peers as imbecile. Elise Karlsson added it Sep 03, Efuru and Adizua have a daughter but he soon abandons her, just as his own father did in the past.

She and Ajanupu visit the family to commiserate with them. Enterprising Nature of Women It seems that the authoress deliberately uses Efuru to debunk the assumption that women are less enterprising compared with men. Mark Twain, American humorist, journalist, lecturer, and novelist who acquired international fame for….


This chapter addresses two fundamental issues which have become commonplace in many African societies.

Chapter Eight Efuru does not allow the excitement of her new relationship to stop her from being kind to people as usual. Efuru then meets Gilbert, an educated man in her age group.

Later she went on to become the first African woman publisher of novels when she founded Tata Press. Unlike Efuru, she is not so free with people. It has presented the first narration of an African village woman’s life and plight from an insider’s female perspective. 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.

At the start of her literary career, because of the way feminism was portrayed and the manner in which she perceived it, Nwapa wanted nothing to do with the label. But they say, all your works, everything is about feminism.

Chapter Four Adizua is no now avoiding his wife like a plague even as he keeps late nights. Plot Summary Efuru, a young woman in her early twenties falls in love with Adizua who is too poor to pay her bride price. Neapa published by Heinemann in London in Feb 03, Jessica Brathwaite rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Arguably, he may have been chasing this lady in his heart.

Again, the vital role of a native doctor in a typical African traditional society is reverberated in this chapter. Jordan marked it as to-read May 13, Gilbert was not gruff and intolerant; he was weak, gullible and a liar. While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman’s viewpoint. Efuru is a woman who moves to the beat of her town’s river goddess, to the beat of her own drum. Kelia Olughu marked it as to-read Jan 26, She is a positive character from a good family background; she is smart, strong-willed, achieving, industrious, soft-spoken, kind, motherly, generous, courteous, and extremely well-liked; she has friends, well-wisher’s and protectors; she is highly respected in her community.


Her fate nwqpa childlessness represents a dichotomy to social expectations.

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

When Efuru’s husbands are unfaithful to her, she also, unlike in other polygamous villages, is able to leave her husbands. 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 as currently in some African countries. Saita marked it as to-read Feb 12, African women writer’s have definitely been under-rated and under celebrated, and that’s one of the great things about the emergence of writers like Adichie, Chibundo Onuzo and Chika Unigwe – all great igbo writers for whom Flora Nwapa is definitely a forerunner.

She is much younger than her husband.

She is able to bring in the highest prices, and pay the lowest. Efuru, beautiful and respected, is loved and deserted by gy ordinary undistinguished husbands.

Efuru – Wikipedia

For me it was like a case of “” – West Africans would realise what I mean. Or efugu there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women?

She teaches Efuru a lot about life, her society and relationships.