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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Their themes were similar to those of the didactic tracts: Nathan rated it really liked it Sep 01, The skirt was so tight she could not take a stride of more than six inches at a time. Trained as a pharmacist, he taught biology and chemistry before joining the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, where he became head of the features department. Nov 30, Ebba Kalondo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Northwestern University Press, Not a masterpiece but very entertaining.

Jagua Nana

African responses to the novel were more mixed. 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.

Because jobs were always scarce, there were constant tensions between the original inhabitants and the newcomers. But regeneration comes to Jagua when she resumes the natural rhythm of Ogabu life. Three days later she was at Lagos and had no place to live! No one will save you but yourself. The white man had sex with her and liked her and decided to keep her as his always ready gy toy.

Apparently, nobody told him to bribe the passport folks for that were how folks obtained passports in Nigeria.


They told her that they were looking for a woman to take to their white master at Cypfian.

Chidera Bisong rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Most urban Igbo women conform to neither stereotype, yet as a new class cyprizn women have inspired a whole genre of literature devoted to examining their independence and the dangers that men feel arise from it.

I really like Spaceman and recommend it, despite the meltdown in the last few pages.

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In the end, though, it was not a book I would press on people, saying ‘you have to read this. Jan 17, Ifeyinwa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tuesday, Jan 31 6: I quickly rushed home and started reading it. The Emergence of African Fiction. Refresh and try again.

Nancy swam towards another village, Krinameh, a village in deadly quarrels with Bagana. Become a Friend of the Library.

The Nigerian economy grew very quickly in the s, based primarily on agricultural exports cocoa, palm products, peanutsand increasingly on oil, which had been discovered in the eastern delta region. A hilarious but touching depiction Lagos live in the mid-twenties.

Jan 01, Adam Fleming rated it liked it. During the first three months of his stay in London, Freddie wrote Jagwa but eventually the writing stopped. At first it seemed their old adamant gods may have been deficient, and so Igboland experienced one of the jqgua rapid and thorough conversions to Christianity in all of Africa.

Jagua sets to the task of getting Freddie to England with the same acumen and drive that she displays in all her affairs. Thus, she began to look around for something better. Modernity has driven men to a level of lust for power and money that cannot be constructively solved.

She learned that Lagos is where it is at, and went to the train station and boarded a train headed to Lagos.


In order to keep him, Jagua subsidies his studies in England and, with her connections, manages to get the necessary official documentation. If I were to be the new Inspector-General of Jatua rented a place for her, and fronted her money for her daily living expenses; she became a white man’s concubine. Lists with This Book. Lagos was transformed into one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

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An you nwna look after me, in me old age. Jagua Nana is an unforgettable character.

Sadly perhaps she loses the ekaensi but at least by a stroke of great fortune, she finds out that she has a fantastic unexpected horde of money, and of course she has no qualms helping herself to it.

It doesn’t feel forced until the very end, when the similarity of what is decided makes sense, but the prose about it is a bit much. Between these delicate political maneuvers, she also manages to slip in a brief but torrid affair with Bagana town chief Ofubara. Don’t assume someone has it better than you. Of these three groups, the Igbo were the least cosmopolitan at the time of conquest.

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.