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 . Cyprian Ekwensi, Jagua Nana. (New York: Fawcett Premier Book, ), Pages. A Book Review By Ozodi Osuji Yesterday, July 26, Jagua Nana: Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana (), Ekwensi’s most successful novel, has as its protagonist Jagua, a charming, colourful, and impressive.

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The Emergence of African Fiction. One of my favorite books. Each novel is also at least in part a road trip; they contain one or more journeys of varying length and means of transit, from lorry and canoe to spaceship and motorcycle to science fiction doorways. Ekwensi’s kind of scandalous, but in a really great way – Jagua Nana is an incredible character: Her olive-skinned calves were fully on show and her feet were barely kissed by open-worked wedge-heeled shoes….

As an aside, one may ask: Mama Nancy also managed to get one of her rich white customers to pay for Nancy to travel to London and take secretarial courses.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. British rule caused the Igbo to question many of their traditional measures of success, which stressed defiance over negotiation, and prowess over pliancy. But Ekwensi published his own work well over 50 books, a book which acquired a measure of notoriety when it was well known and well distributed.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.


She bribes just the right people to get a passport Freddie cannot get for himself. Ekwensi is successful in conveying her outsized sexuality and its effect, and also in portraying a wide variety of Lagos and country men: So I ekwenwi to fear.

The outcome is different but feels as complete and natural as in Exit West.

Ekwensi hardly manifests a consistent moral attitude, his main preoccupation being the sensationalism created by vice. She can now become a very important merchant of sorts, and de-emphasize selling her aging body all over the place.

Brassy, sassy and the vulnerable warrior, jagua nana is an icon of the urban black asskicker! Downstairs was a young teacher, Freddie Namme. In Ogabu the people tilled the soil and drank the river water and ate yams and went to church, but came home to worship their family oracles. In short, there was a great deal of money in the city, but a lot more people who were in pursuit of it.

Thanks for telling us jagha the problem. He applied to the federal government of Nigeria for scholarship and was waiting for the result of his application when he learned about Jagwa’s whorism.

It helped to shape my reading future. A natural center for this migration was Onitsha, a city that has always had the largest number of secondary and commercial schools in the country.

But in the town they adopted Pidgin Nanna as the lingua franca.

Jagua Nana

Indiana University Press, The students, petty traders, artisans, and school leavers who constituted this new class developed a taste for reading through their limited education, but did not have the background reading ability to appreciate most conventional forms of literature.

Mar 13, Alasdair Ekpenyong rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. While the urban setting and the plot are important, it is the character of Jagua that make this a worthwhile s Nigerian novel. But the gods have one jagya trick left to play.


Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana – The Modern Novel

Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Often condemned as a harlot, she must have been secretly admired by writers who wrote obsessively of her adventures, and by readers who spent precious shillings to buy the works.

Does it matter that she would not know the biological father of the child? Sandra Planas rated it it was amazing Nov 11, However, he goes off to England and, unknown to Jagua, takes Nancy.

Jagua Nana is actually a very well written book, as Ekwensi was an acknowledged dexterous story-teller even if some self-styled critics tended to undermine him. The lyric transcribed and translated by D, Cosentino from the original 45 rpm disk sings of a young man chastising his girlfriend for her harlot ways:.

D We are the gods The death of American conservatives is good riddance for me. The same forces that brought these men and their readers to the city also helped create a new urban woman, one less bound by traditional expectations. I really like Spaceman and recommend it, despite the meltdown in the last few pages. Cyprian Ekwensi, Jagua Nana. As usual I celebrate serendipitous co-readings.

Urbanization and the spread of education created a new social class in Nigeria. She agreed to the deal and they took her to the man’s house.

Ekwensi became ekwenai more proficient at refining his pulp fiction. If I were to be the new Inspector-General of But as you is only a poor school teacher you no reach yet for marry Jagua woman.