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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Chapter Sixteen Many people are now coming to console Efuru who is very sad not only because she lost her dad but also because Gilbert, her husband who has gone for trade did not participate in the burial of her father.

Each time her brother beat her husband and tore his clothes, she made sure that she bought another one for him. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I would nwaps her writing four stars. The book also describes quite matter-of-factly the horrific ritual of female circumcision–a painful nwpaa all young women in this society are expected to undergo before marriage. This chapter addresses two fundamental issues which have become commonplace in many African societies. There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level.

She is a very successful business woman. We thank God for Ajanupu who takes Efuru to hospital to be treated of her illness.

She is able to bring in the highest prices, and pay the lowest.


Books by Flora Nwapa. Selected pages Title Page. Early paperback edition cover. This is a double tragedy for Efuru. The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited.

Efuru – Wikipedia

All the messages conveyed, although bring the play together and provide the audience with insightful efuri, the play may also serve as a symbol as to how some of the African societies model the structure presented in the play.

Good health is what we pray for. He begins to trade in yams, fish and crayfish with his wife. Summary and Analysis of Sections.

However, I may not be in a position to judge him because I do know, as William Shakespeare said, that the evil that [people] do live after them. She thought it was contentious and against men.

Efurus’ only daughter dies while she is still a small child, and a son never arrives. This shows how women are subjugated in typical African societies where men dominate. Though she loves both men she marries, Efuru does not forget about her own rights.

It is indisputable that Ajanupu has received help and consolation from Efuru several times and it is now her turn to pay her back, and she does.

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

This title is of high importance, for it is usually acquired by men. Her influence on her husband is strong florz to make him forsake his farming tools and join her in trading. She was part of a wave of female African writers whose novels defied the traditional depiction of African women as passive.

This is why he asks her to give a thought to his proposal before she gives him an answer. May 05, alison rated it liked it Shelves: Efuru is terribly sad because she has lost someone who was not only so dear nwap her but also an acquaintance to confide in whenever she had a problem. She puts faith nwpa the goddess of the lake, Utuoso, who she feels she was chosen to worship.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Efuru calls it her “bath,” and willingly submits to the cutting and agony.

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

They get married, this time following the traditions of the land. And I say, No, I am not a feminist. While her husband is still away, her only child takes ill and dies. Four days after Gilbert goes back to get a reply from her and she tells him that she is ready to marry him because she likes tlora.

Have students work in groups to create a screenplay for Efuru. All too often they mention enjoying this ‘simple’ novel, even though it lacks any ‘real narrative’. Her in-laws try to convince her to remain in their marital home but she refuses and decides to go look for him.

He might even have helped Nwapa in getting published The narrative is written in a style which is almost cinema-like, as it is able to capture and display circumstances the way film does.