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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Mar 09, Christine rated it it was amazing. There were approximately titles of Onitsha market literature extant inthough this was only a fraction of the total number published. There was, in effect, a coup within the coup.

People of the City African Writers Series. However, he goes off to England and, unknown to Jagua, takes Nancy. Oct 15, Max rated it really liked it. He writes in a fairly simple style, with his points spelled out, but this may be a purposeful decision that draws on traditional storytelling methods.

Special kudos to the author! As an aside, one may ask: Since nsna foundation of the colony in the nineteenth century, the steamy Yoruba port city jahua Lagos, in the southwest corner of the country, had been its designated capital. We’ll get back to you shortly. Trivia About Jagua Nana. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give jagux a second life. Bold, moving, entertaining and controversial, this is the great novel of s Lagos life – with one of the most unforgettable heroines in literature. Being young and closer to his age, Freddie fell for her.


She learned that Lagos is where it is at, and went to the train station and boarded a train headed bana Lagos. Freddie taught at a secondary school while taking correspondence courses to qualify as attorney.

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But regeneration comes to Jagua when she resumes the nna rhythm of Ogabu life. She summed up a time of transition between a rural and at least a partially urbanized Nigeria. I like to read fiction by African authors. Her brother, Fonso, a merchant prince, explicates the attractiveness of trading for a certain kind of Igbo woman:.

Jagua Nana

I would definitely recommend this book if you want to explore Nigerian and African literature. It was a grey skirt with three big buttons down the front and a big slit down the back. Jagua Nana is an unforgettable character.

In this vivid depiction of s Nigeria, everyone is hustling and everyone is on the make – and a woman like Jagua must find her own unconventional path to fulfilment. Nevertheless, she fell in love with him. The authors who created her were first and foremost good observers of their own society.

She is motivated by a clear-eyed realization that old age is approaching and that she needs a.

And they were free. This was the Nigerian atmosphere just after the independence. Ozodi Osuji Until I…. I read this book when I wasinhigh school. As with most countries in modern Africa, the borders of Nigeria were artificially constructed by European imperialists.


Return to Book Page. Seyi Onabanjo rated it it was amazing Aug 28, Jan Hus well; it underlines the importance of Czech history and the consequences of our decisions that are depicted throughout the novel.

While her beauty is able to give her access jafua 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 jwgua characterisation.

It captures the heady spirit of an era in which everything seemed possible, even the improbable good fortune of a sexy middle-aged prostitute who somehow always lands on her feet.

Jagua Nana, no longer young but still irresistible, lives a life of hedonism in Lagos: The skirt was so tight she could not take a stride of more than six inches at a time. Published inJagua Nana is about a newly independent Nigeria trying to establish self-government. 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.

Thanks for sending your message! 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 primarily to its welfare.