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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When I was in high school in the 60s, this was the scandalous book that we boys exchange for 3 other novels. The younger woman held her own you must admire the younger woman’s guts; she defended herself rather well!

There has been no controversy in the popular reception of the novel. See 1 question about Jagua Nana…. His use of Nigerian Pidgin English is naturally fluent and enriches the backdrop of the novel. They believed that in a village where every man had his own yam plots, there is much happiness ….

Sandra Planas rated it it was amazing Nov 11, 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.

Modern Language Association http: Jagua comes to life with every page in this book. Please complete all the fields in the form before sending. Political allegiances rarely transcended villages, which were usually ruled by councils of elders, together with people usually men who had achieved status through prowess and entrepreneurship.

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. Eventually, the man left for England and she did not hear from him again. Jagua Nana the main character – her thoughts, her values the plain issues of her life set in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria in a very humoristic but believable, real and convincing. Jagua Nana is a masterfully-written story and I look forward to reading all of the other Ekwensi works available to borrow at our Community Library.

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She summed up a time of transition between a rural and at least a partially urbanized Nigeria. I would have to say that Hamid’s is the most accomplished. Fiercely religious, the Hausa-Fulani rulers had kept Christian missionaries—and their schools—out of the northern emirates. 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.

Aug 31, Wessel van der Merwe rated it really liked it Shelves: Back in Lagos, however, she fails in trying to reconcile the two candidates. Being young and closer to his age, Freddie fell for her. It decides all matters of life and love among Jagua and her friends.

Nathan rated it really liked it Sep 01, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For the first time this new Igbo woman could play an independent role in society. Ekwensi has explained that, like other African writers, he tried to recreate the Pidgin idiom in his novel: Also if you are interested in multiculturalism.

Jagua Nana

She dissolved her support for his plans to study in England. I have just finished three novels about displacement, countries in transition, and how human relationships change in such times.

The loyal military stepped in and took control of the government. Lagos was pretty crazy in the 60s, apparently not that that’s changed and although the story was pretty intense, it had a number of humorous and poignant moments especially its ending.

The source of the corruption and the allure is the same: Chinweizu, Onwuchekwa Jemie, and Ihechukwu Madubuike.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

Three days later she was at Lagos and had no place to live! Clearly, Jagua has not spent her time merely drifting in Lagos—she has mastered the wiles of the city. A cardinal rule for her is to regard sex as an easy route to quick money, and the richer the clients the better; especially “white” clientelle who apparently hold the keys to lots of money.


Nevertheless, she allowed her father to persuade her to marry; thus, she married a local boy living at the coal city Enugu?

Unsuccessful in their attempt to secede from the rest of the country, the Igbo would be reintegrated back into the federation of Nigeria in But ours is vanilla compared to them. She practically went there every evening and stayed until it closed at 2AM. She saw him as he was about to board his plane and tried to talk to him. Like most Igbo men, her father wanted his daughter to marry off and produce grandchildren for him.

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Following the overthrow of the First Nigerian Republic inthousands of Igbo were killed in riots, and hundreds of thousands more fled back to the East. Nevertheless, she fell in love with him. Every important Nigerian city had a similar diaspora community. Jagua Nana is the composite perfection of pop culture fantasies: The death of that infant a few days after its birth seems like the penitential price Jagua must pay for all her decadent years in Lagos. As an aside, one may ask: So I use to fear.

British rule caused the Igbo to question many of their traditional measures of success, which stressed defiance over negotiation, and prowess over pliancy. Preview — Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi.