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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The first time I read a Flora Nwapa novel – this one – I was incredibly excited. I was already aware of Achebe, but my gut feeling told me that this woman was a better writer! Maybe it was a case of woman to woman For me it was like a case of “” – West Africans would realise what I mean.

Or maybe there should be a law banning men from pronouncing on, criticising works by women? Even now I do not think it is sour grapes. Nwapa did show the world in her novels of many decades ago that she is a magnificent writer.

Just try to read her works and juxtapose them with how Achebe projects women in his novels Buchi Emecheta too and her very powerful novels Don’t get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Achebe. But he was a literary genius, just like Nwapa and Emecheta.


He might even have helped Nwapa in getting published Account Options Sign in. Efuru, a highly respected woman of her village, carries on the family tradition of treating others well and is successful as a trader.

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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. Yet her personal life is mired with tragedy: In her village, a single, childless woman is a cause for fear, and the nwaap begin to gossip, a favorite and powerful pastime. They question her good deeds and wonder what she has done to upset the spirits, whose influence and power are fkora the center of their lives.

In her struggle to understand all bwapa has happened to her Efuru seeks the advice of the dibias, village doctors, and finds her spiritual guide and the path she must follow.

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Efuru Flora Nwapa Snippet view – Efuru Flora Nwapa No preview available – Common terms and phrases Adizua age-group Ajanupu asked Amede ancestors angry baby beautiful began called camwood canoe cassava child cloth cook daugh daughter daughter-in-law dibia doctor dowry drink Efuru asked Efuru’s father Efuru’s mother-in-law Eneberi Eneke farm finished fish fufu ganashi gave Gilbert Gilbert’s mother girl give greeted ground-nuts happened happy head hear heard husband Igbemgbele kill kola lake laughed leave Let day break look Mgbam mgba morning Ndoni night Nkoyeni Nkwo day Nnona Nwabata Nwabuzo Nwashike Ogene Nwosu ogbono soup Ogea’s mother Ogea’s parents Ogonim Omerere Omirima Onicha Orisha Ossai paddled palm oil palm wine pounds refused returned schnapps sister sleep soup stream sympathizers talk tell Thank things told took town trade Uhamiri wait washed wept white disease wife woman women worry wrappa yams young.

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