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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It was not only that she came from a distinguished family.

Please try again later. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thus is the case of the main character Efuru who is beautiful, but she is more than just a pretty face. She had never experienced the joy of motherhood.

This page was last edited on 12 Novemberat 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. Efuru is successful, happy, and free from her oppressive and abusive first husband, Adizua, and from her equally disappointing second husband Gilbert. Efuru is vivid and spare and elegant.

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

Her novel Efuru is among the first English-language novels by a woman from Africa. After rejecting the label, the mother of modern African literature finally saw that feminism nwapz about choices and possibilities — and this should be a lesson to us all.

Feb 12, Lydia Ume rated it really liked it.

Phakama Makhawula marked it as to-read Dec 12, A mother of eight children, she is very good to her sister and always at her beck and call whenever she needs her help. I want to start reading my books. This site offers a description of the name Efuru and its meaning.


Unknown to him, Efuru has already fallen in love with him. Efuru thinks of her husbands and although she is not able to bear more than one child, she is willing to bring a second wife into her home in order to give her husbands more children, much like Fanny in Agatha Moudio’s Son.

While she is trying to grapple with the absence of a husband for whom she has sacrificed so much, her only child becomes sick and dies suddenly. This is the truth that he has concealed from Efuru ever since they got married.


She also is known for her governmental work in reconstruction after the Biafran War. Very early the book delivers an awakening slap to the reader in the way the story and main character embrace female circumcision. Her in-laws try to convince her to remain in their marital home but she refuses and decides to go look for him. Efuru—and by extension Nwapa herself—has shed doubts on the sole benefit of the divine gift of fertility to women. 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.

Fflora marked it as rlora Feb 12, A mother of six, she is hardworking and very helpful to her husband.

Again, Efuru gives her sixteen shillings—a shilling more than the amount she claimed she had lost to thieves.

See all 5 questions about Efuru…. Ndapa is a very revolutionary book, and it deserves much more credit than it gets. As said, this is a novel for adults, and I don’t mean the lazy indicators of such in terms of violence and sex and other gratuitous shock tropes. She also makes sure that she feeds every child that visits her home.


Originally published by Heinemann in London in Efuru introduces an important feminist issue to Africa, contextualized in the cultural setting of Nwapa’s own Igbo home-town, Oguta: She is the central character in the novel.

Retrieved from ” https: In the end, she finds solace in Uhamiri.

The decent, honorable, and unselfish are often under appreciated in this life. There was a problem with your submission.

Now that he has come back from his adventurous trade to see his wife on sick bed, rather than apologise to her for returning late and getting her treated, he accuses her of infidelity in order to cover his shame.

After efjru little protestation, Gilbert agrees to have another wife. Not quite long, it becomes obvious that Adizua has eloped with another woman of easy virtue.

Flora Nwapa

This dream signifies the beginning of her worship of Uhamiri. View all 5 comments. Later she went on to become the first African woman publisher of novels when she founded Tata Press. Selected pages Title Page. Efuru is chosen by Uhamiri, the goddess of the lake, to become one of her worshippers; Uhamiri was known to offer her worshippers wealth and beauty, but very few children. Transformative feminist texts are quantitatively predominant in Africa, ergo, the transformative approach is more popular on the continent.