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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Jagua sets to the task of getting Freddie to England with the same acumen and drive that she displays in all her affairs. I bought it as well as other books. When I was in high school in the 60s, this was the scandalous book that we boys exchange for 3 other novels.

He wrote for children under the name C.

It jaguw a reminder that there are still many good people trying to do good things, and that we are a creative species. After her return from trips to Bagana and Onitsha, Jagua throws herself into Lagosian affairs with undiminished energy.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

As his protagonist is a relatively unschooled woman driven by her passions, this works pretty well. Sometimes, i find it very difficult to understand interpersonal relationships.

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. In the meantime, she felt stifled by the need to pretend to like her life as a housewife.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But sex is a powerful drug and if it is robbed into a man’s face he is likely to give in. Here he presents a magnificent picture of a veritable, shameless, calculating and ruthless African prostitute.

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. This was the Nigerian atmosphere jatua after the independence.


She got wind of what was going on. Nov 30, Ebba Kalondo rated it it was amazing Shelves: She is prevented from such a trip by the realistic fear that younger women might replace her as Queen of the Tropicana should jaggua leave Lagos for any length of time.

It was written in a somewhat lighter, more colloquial style than some other novelists but it has very real emotions, shows a side of Lagos that is not often shown, and overall is a very compelling read.

Of the three, he is the one who I will be most likely to choose more of, once it arrives. Despite her entanglements in the affairs of Lagos, Jagua keeps reiterating her desire to return to the cloth trade, even singing the praises of her home market to a group of Lagos women merchants: Then, it was just a story.

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This lack of artifice accentuates the artificiality of Lagos, and the disharmony of those who live the high life there. She had chosen the brightest lipstick in her bag, her blouse was sleeveless and cut so low that only the tips of her breasts were covered.

She makes all the arrangements for his room and board in England.

There she manages to end a chieftaincy dispute with a neighboring village that had been threatening to flare into war for years. In order to keep him, Jagua subsidies his studies in England and, with her connections, manages to get the necessary official documentation. Her boyfriend, Freddie, is twenty-five, the same age as her son would have been had he lived. Also if you are interested in multiculturalism. Naba the end, though, it was not a book I would jwgua on people, saying ‘you have to read this.

Eventually two of her lovers enter a deadly struggle for election to the Lagos Council. At last even at her age, she gets pregnant! In nans country as ethnically diverse and commercially active as Nigeria, Pidgin is one of the few elements of national unity. This sure wasn’t Chinua Achebe.


Unsuccessful in their attempt to secede from the rest of the country, the Igbo would be nanaa back into the federation of Nigeria in She can now become a very important merchant of sorts, and de-emphasize selling her aging body all over the place. She dissolved her support for his plans to study in England.

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Changing the ethnic composition of the city, migrants from all over Nigeria—mostly Igbo, but also people from smaller tribes—flooded into Lagos in quest of those jobs. But Jagua was something of a Tomboy and was not really interested in marriage; she wanted to live her own life, independently. Special kudos to the author! Mayowa Omogbenigun rated it liked it Aug 30, She had a restless spirit that sought adventure.

Her father was a pastor of a church. There was, in effect, a coup within the coup. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. East Dane Jagu Men’s Fashion. The story took place a few days before this Christmas. Most of the cloth traders in Lagos were Yoruba rather than Naan women. Freddie taught at a secondary school while taking correspondence courses to qualify as attorney. The two women had a verbal fight good scene.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji The human being seems a…. It was a grey skirt with three big buttons down the front and a big slit down the back. I don’t understand how or why Ekwensi, the author, studied pharmacy. It offers a lyrical reading of the subtle changes in that relationship, and is also optimistic about how two caring people can develop and care for a deep love. I liked the story and writing very much.

Downstairs was a young teacher, Freddie Namme.