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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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Events in History at the Time of the Novel Pre-independence Nigeria From the mid to late nineteenth century, Great Britain exercised authority over parts and then all of Nigeria. Nov 30, Ebba Kalondo rated it it was amazing Shelves: A woman in Africa’s everyday struggle for equality and riches in a world that is not quite ready for her kind. Tells the story of Jagua Nana, an ageing high-lifer and habitue of the seedy club Tropicana, which is an evocation of the chaos and intensive life of Lagos.

Nzna Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Although the strategies of love were fully explored, the brass.

Jagwa, through the grapevines, had heard that Freddie was flying off to London and with her latest flame, a local politician called Uncle Taiwo, went to the airport to say her goodbyes. Nevertheless, she allowed her father to persuade her to marry; thus, she married a local boy living at the coal city Enugu? In the meantime, Mama Nancy heard that Jagua was planning to send her young boy friend, Freddie, to London.

Forming a colony with little regard for the cultural mix, the British created a restless amalgamation of ethnic groups. These are the jsgua of the social world created by and for the school leavers who made a new world for jzgua in the post-World War II cities of Nigeria. However, taking a cue from his promiscuous mistress, Freddie proves jgaua, leaving Jagua to descend ever deeper into the moral swamps of Lagos society.


Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi

Alexa Actionable Analytics jatua the Web. In the meantime, she felt stifled by the need to pretend to like her life as a housewife.

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. This was the Nigerian atmosphere just after the independence. Downstairs was a young teacher, Freddie Namme. It was Britain, at the end of the nineteenth century, that cobbled together jgaua nation out of the three largest ethnic groups in Africa: She lived with him but was not satisfied with his meager income; he did not have what she wanted, money and what money provides, an exciting life.

The two women got into a fight.

Ekwenski sets Jagua Nana in the city of Lagos and the town of Ogabu during this era of promise, the decade preceding Nigerian independence in On returning home, he wrote his first novel, People of the Citywhich was one of the first Nigerian novels to be published internationally. As usual I celebrate serendipitous co-readings. In fact, it is only when this nearly year-old woman returns to her roots that she is able to conceive a child—by an anonymous lover, during a tryst near the river shrine of the traditional Igbo deity of fertility.

In an odd sort of way, her shameless story becomes the archetypal quest narrative for the Igbo in diaspora.

African responses to the novel were more mixed. Maddy Woods rated it really liked it Aug 28, Among themselves the diaspora Igbo spoke various dialects of Igbo. Thanks for telling us about the problem. No one will save you but yourself. Jagua likes the high life, both the music and the life of the Tropicana night club. Ozodi Osuji Until I….


She practically went there every evening and stayed until it closed at 2AM. Toward the Decolonization of African Literature.

Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi: Book Review by Ozodi Osuji – ChatAfrik

Plus, you will love Hanus. Though intelligent, they lost interest in school when they discovered the game of love. It is urban, erotic, picaresque, written in a popular idiom, and devoted nagua the dilemmas of romantic love, a subject that university-educated Nigerian writers avoided, at least at that time. One of my favorite books.

I imagine he’ll cringe when remembering these pages in future years, because he does have a lot of promise and I look forward to more from him. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

Jagua Nana

Aduba, could you please upload the pic of one of the gunned down ladies, namely Nkiru at Onitsha by the Nigerian forces Freddie is infatuated with her but realises that she cannot be considered a long-term partner and he starts a relationship with the much younger Nancy. Ekwensi’s kind of scandalous, but in a really great way – Jagua Nana is an incredible character: Lo and behold who she saw there?

This is an early example of the Nigerian urban novel — previous novels had been mainly set in the rural areas — and is set mainly in Lagos, though also, in part in Port Harcourt, Onitsha and Bagana. Why, they asked, had the British succeeded in conquering nanw Honestly, I did not know much about Cyprian Ekwensi. It is about a woman caught between true love and the need to fend for herself by any means necessary.

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