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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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I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level. She also makes sure that she feeds every child that visits her home. No matter what Efuru does to make these men happy, they only think of how to make her sad. He finds it difficult to feed bwapa family let alone buy new yam seedlings for the next planting season.

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Flora Nwapa was born inand raised in Eastern Nigeria. Although feminist groups are exposing this awful practice more and more to the world at large and trying to get it outlawed in Africa, the Middle East and other areas of the world where it is routinely practiced, the ritual still goes on today. Efuru, not able to depend on her husbands, turns her faithfulness to the goddess of the lake, Uhamiri.

This is the mistake that Efuru made in the beginning of her relationship with Adizua when she eloped to live with him.


Even now I do florw think it is sour grapes. William Shakespeare, English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered…. And I say, No, I am not a feminist. So she remains in town to trade while her husband shuttles from farm to town frequently to see her. Colonialism and Cultural Identity: Globally, we need one another. His foolishness and irresponsibility become apparent when he leaves his wife and absconds with another woman never to return not even at the death nawpa their only daughter.

Fflora we see Efuru as a symbol of change and women emancipation. However, just floga Christ, Efuru still loves them all the same. The beginning and end were better than the middle. She supports her husband financially and is very loyal to him, which makes her mother-in-law and aunt by marriage very fond of her.

Efuru—and by extension Nwapa herself—has shed doubts on the sole benefit of the divine gift of fertility to women. Each time her brother beat her husband and tore his clothes, she made sure that she bought another one for him. In my judgement this novel is every bit as good as Things Fall Apart and yet it is hardly known. Gilbert is gruff and intolerant.

Flora Nwapa

Elise Karlsson added it Sep 03, While Efuru is still rehearsing her plan to confront her renegade husband, Ogonim, her only child and source of hope dies after a few bouts of convulsive attacks. Two years after their marriage without any sign of pregnancy, Efuru agrees with her husband to see a doctor.


After her daughter dies, Efuru discovers that he has married another woman and had a child with her.

View all 18 comments. She does not only foot his bills but also feed him throughout his stay in the hospital. View all 5 comments.

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

Efuru then meets Gilbert, an educated man in her age group. Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women?

Her novel Efuru is among the first English-language novels by a woman from Africa. You may also like our Facebook page: Efuru thinks of her husbands and although she is not able to bear more than one efur, she is willing to bring a second wife into her home in order to give her husbands more children, much like Fanny in Agatha Nwzpa Son.

Perhaps her childish character could be attributed to her age.

The book also describes quite matter-of-factly the horrific ritual of female circumcision–a painful clitorectomy–that all young women in this society are expected to undergo before ma This beautiful novel describes the youth, marriage, motherhood and eventual personal epiphany of a young woman of contemporary Nigeria. Just like many of my peers, I saw this as appalling and degrading culture.

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