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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Since she knows that any good relationship has to do with faithfulness and mutual respect, she tries her best to show same to her husbands who incidentally do not reciprocate her. Efusu muses at the story’s end that the lady of the lake has never married nor had children, but still, the women of the community worship her. The problem I have with Gilbert is the way he dumps a woman who has given her life to him as we will see in the preceding chapters.

The writing style is very similar to Things Fall Apart and if you enjoyed that you would certainly enjoy this. She knows that the only thing that efufu make her have a say in the family is a child. Nwspa is a very resolute woman having refused to marry another man since the death of her husband who had jilted her many times before his death.

Jun 01, Aaron rated it really liked clora.

It is not an exaggeration to say that it is women that suffer more in polygamous marriages wherever they are practised. Chapter One Efuru meets a young man, Adizua who proposes marriage to her but has no money for her bride price.


White people are more aggravating yet doddering parental figure than ultimate villain, and when they do show up it is as comic relief or touches of dramatic plot point. Efuru is left alone, childless, husbandless, and without family. Efuru promises them that her bride price will surely be paid soonest. I don’t know if troubling is the right word but it’s jarring to read an account of female genital mutilation and just have the speaker go along with it and say how wonderful it is.

There I give Efuru five stars for it being meaningful to me on a personal level. But he was a literary genius, just like Nwapa and Emecheta.

At this point, she accepts to be helped around her house by a young girl named Ogea in order to help her parents who are in financial difficulty. After all, they can live a happy life without children. Have something to say about this piece? The booming of the cannons was announcing the departure of a great son, the last of the generation that had direct contact with the white people who exchanged their cannons, hot drinks and cheap ornaments for black slaves.

The main story is a matter of individual versus community, gender roles, social machinations, legal or lack thereof statutes relating to domestic matters, religious influence, old versus new, accredited versus familiar, all of which is not nearly so dryly thematic when as read as it sounds when listed out.

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

Floea to import images to Wikidata. Again, When Efuru learns about the sickness of her former mother-in-law, she ffuru her and helps her to feel better. To me these backhanded compliments smack of racism; the assumption that prose not florid in the Western Tradition is ‘simple’, that a story without high drama is without point.


Efuru is that woman who knows the pain of losing a child. It introduced me a bit more to Nigerian culture and traditions. But they say, all your works, everything is about feminism.

She confides in her mother-in-law who advises her to keep cool that all will be well. He finds it difficult to feed his family let alone buy new yam seedlings for the next planting season. She attended nwala at Ibadan and Edinburgh, later to return and teach in Nigeria.

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. His likeness for Efuru becomes obvious when he buys an expensive piece of cloth for her. His wife blames him for his thoughtlessness.

He asks to marry her and follows traditions by visiting her father, and she accepts. Oct 07, Wren rated it dfuru it. It is her genuine love for him that made her marry him in the first place and continue to endure hardship.

No matter what Efuru does to make these men happy, they only think of how to make her sad.