May 7, 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. Efuru has ratings and 43 reviews. Paul said: Published in , this apparently was the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published (this. Apr 29, When Nigerian writer Flora Nwapa published her debut novel Efuru in , it marked the beginning of a women’s literary revolution in Africa.

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

ecuru The Igbo may be grouped into the following main cultural divisions: She is a young remarkable woman from bwapa distinguished family who seems to have bad luck with men. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is women that suffer more in polygamous marriages wherever they are practised. Not only does Efuru capture female life so vividly, it also contrasts with the male dominated African literature of the period in which Nwapa writes.

She is the central character in the novel. Despite the fact that they have not been able to pay their debts, the couple still have the effrontery to go back to their creditor, Efuru to request for another loan.

How do I download them to commence reading? His foolishness and irresponsibility become apparent when he leaves his wife and absconds with another woman never to return not even at the death of their only daughter. It is also interesting to put this book in a time frame and confront this story with those of Wole Soyinka and Chinua Adebe. After her father has tried his best to bring her back but to no avail, he gives up and considers her lost.


Two years after their marriage without any sign of pregnancy, Efuru agrees with her husband to see a doctor. Surprisingly, Efuru promises them another ten pounds. This hwapa why Nwaapa accepts the verdict of the priest that she has been chosen to serve the sea goddess, Uhamiri. Efuru – Flora Nwapa 2 18 Jan 10, Contact our editors with your feedback.

Don’t get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Achebe. Now that he has come back from his adventurous trade to see his wife on sick bed, rather than floar to her for returning late and getting her treated, he accuses her of infidelity in order to cover his shame.

Lists with This Book. She lost her mother while she was still very young. Even as the burial obsequies are going on, he is not around to help Efuru as he has gone for trade.

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Globally, we need one another. Heinemann- Fiction – pages. Anyway, it’s quite an interesting read, like a voyage into the core of culture, precisely the Igbo culture, learning about generational pattern and woman empowerment. Efuru makes consistent efforts to get along with her husband but to no avail.

Oct 07, Wren rated it liked it. Efuru can be said to be more sinned against than sinning. In the end she decides to take control of her own destiny by divorcing Gilbert and becoming a worshipper of efuruu goddess of the lake, Uhamiri. In her character, she shows us that in life we do not always get what we want but there are always options.

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Unable to give her new husband a child, Nsapa marries another woman for him after he has already taken one for himself but this does not make him treat her any better. This is the major reason Efuru is worried and devastated when it seems nsapa child is not coming. Independent, wise, resourceful Efuru is a delight. Because of the love she has for him, she elopes with Adizua.


Efuru begins to search for another wife for her husband but her mother-in-law does not seem to approve most of her choices. Efuru is left alone, childless, husbandless, and without family. Just look at the difference in ratings; Things Fall Apart has ratings and reviews and Efuru has ratings and 17 reviews. When Efuru’s husbands are unfaithful to her, she also, unlike in other polygamous villages, is able to leave her husbands.

She gave women beauty and wealth but she had no child.

Their marriage ends after Adizua grows impatient and runs away with another woman. Critics such as Christine Loflin point out eufru the use of dialogue in Efuru allows a sense of African feminism to emerge, free of Western imposed values.

However, she keeps her dignity and leaves her husbands when they abandon her illustrating her strength to care for herself. However, I am not surprised at her mien because Nwapa is trying to show nnwapa another side of a woman vis-a-vis another side of humanity.

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. Chapter Four Adizua is no now avoiding his wife like a plague even as he keeps late nights.