Cyprian Ekwensi, Jagua Nana. (New York: Fawcett Premier Book, ), Pages. A Book Review By Ozodi Osuji Yesterday, July 26, Cyprian Ekwensi’s Jagua Nana is a tale of life in Lagos in the early s. It is about a woman caught between true love and the need to fend for herself by any . Jagua Nana [Cyprian Ekwensi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bold, moving, entertaining and controversial, this is the great novel of.

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In the end, though, it was not a book I would press on people, jagka ‘you have to read this. Trained as a pharmacist, he taught biology and chemistry before joining the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, where he became head of the features department.

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Toward the Decolonization of African Literature. I can’t make an informed judgement about Ekwensi. SANDY hello, pls r u related to d late autjor cyprian ekwensi? Of these, Jagua Nana is his widely acknowledged masterpiece. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and Jaagua perspectives on phenomena. Collins Darko rated it liked it Apr 06, There is plenty here to chew on and a great story to enjoy.

This lack of artifice accentuates the artificiality of Lagos, and the disharmony of those who live the high life there. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In this vivid depiction of s Jahua, everyone is hustling and everyone is on the make – and a woman like Jagua must find her own unconventional path to fulfilment. At first it seemed their old adamant gods may have been deficient, and so Igboland experienced one of the most rapid and thorough conversions to Christianity in all of Africa.


We have no doubt that Lagos is in trouble. The first critical responses to Jagua Nana were in the English press, and they were positive. Mama Nancy also managed to get one of her rich white customers to pay for Nancy to travel to London and take secretarial courses. Poor Freddie has not taken proper measure of his opponents.

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While her beauty is able to give her access that other women might not be able to gain for example, in settling the dispute between Chief Ofubara and his kinsmenit is bolstered by her quick thinking and careful words, repelling a one-dimensional characterisation. Apparently, they were house servants for a white man at Ikoyi and their master who had left his wife and two children in England was searching for a local mistress.

The North was therefore at a comparative disadvantage in relation to the Southwhere the Igbo and Yoruba had accepted missionary schools and therefore had many more Western-educated professionals prepared to take over government administration. One of my favorite books. The scene made me laugh so loudly until my throat hurt! She learned that Lagos is where it is at, and went to the train station and boarded a train headed to Lagos.

She had a regular customer, a Syrian businessmen who came in most evenings, picked her up and took her out for sex and paid her handsomely.

Nancy swam towards another village, Krinameh, a village in deadly quarrels with Bagana. It is urban, erotic, picaresque, written in a popular idiom, and devoted to the dilemmas of romantic love, a subject that university-educated Nigerian writers avoided, at least at that time.

The author places the reader inside jgua emotional charged story.

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She jagia all the arrangements for his room and board in England. May 04, Ugo Agada-uyah rated it really liked it. For three years they tried getting a child but could not succeed. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria—Igbo, Hausa, and Yoruba—were also the three largest in Africa, and each had a political party dedicated naha to its welfare.


A few years after the publication of Jagua Nanathe Onitsha market was badly damaged in the Nigeria civil war Modernity has driven men to a level of lust for power and money that cannot be constructively solved.

By the time of the novel, most local rule had in fact devolved into Nigerian hands with the promise of complete independence in the offing. By this uneasy coalition fell apart and the rivalry among the main ethnic groups increased greatly.

To Anthonia Ekwensi P. Eventually, the man left for England and she did not hear from him again. Sometimes, i find it very difficult to understand interpersonal relationships. Javua World Is Hardlevels 24 charges against hotel girls, all of whom resemble Jagua. She had a restless spirit that sought adventure. But, we are told, three years have elapsed since Jagua has collected any new stock. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.

Within the limits of the stereotype each author brought his peculiar imaginative and linguistic skills to the portrait.

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Want to Read saving…. Indiana University Press, Published October 8th by Naha Educational Books first published Their themes were similar to those of the didactic tracts: The purpose of this…. Three days later she was at Lagos and had no place to live!

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Of these, the Hausa were the most numerous and the most conservative; they were ruled through emirates established by the marauding Fulani in the early nineteenth century.

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