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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In an odd sort of way, her shameless story becomes the archetypal quest narrative for the Igbo in diaspora.

By the time of the novel, ekdensi local rule had in fact devolved into Nigerian jaua with the promise of complete independence in the offing. 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.

It was a grey skirt with three big buttons down the front and a big slit down the back.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

And local “big men” politicians too. 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.

He made a good literary choice in deciding to portray this struggle from the view of a cyprin driven by short term and self-interested goals, who is largely immune to the issues the men are in conflict over. For her, the cloth trade has always represented the best alternative to prostitution at the Tropicana. The two women got into a fight. Nevertheless, she fell in love with him. Accept Reject Read More.


Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi

I quickly rushed home and started reading it. Jan 01, Adam Fleming rated it liked it. He rented a place for her, and fronted her money for her daily living expenses; she became a white man’s concubine. But when dem get a gal ekwejsi de bed, you never see dem again. I can’t make an informed judgement about Ekwensi. It was Britain, at the end of the nineteenth century, that cobbled together a nation out of the three largest ethnic groups in Africa: They could also speak in and about that world in the idiom of Pidgin, the universal language of Highlife.

Jagua Nana

Many of the semieducated, who left school before graduation, became disenchanted with village life and so struck out for the rapidly growing cities in search of new lives. In her own return to Ogabu, the fictional Jagua precedes by a decade the mass exodus of her fellow Igbos from Lagos at the start jagus the Biafra War. Nancy swam towards another village, Krinameh, a village in deadly quarrels with Bagana.

Communal attacks against them marked periods of political tension throughout the s and s. But the Bible did not bring power, so the Igbo turned to Western education. Forming a colony with little regard for the cultural mix, the British created a restless amalgamation of ethnic groups.

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


In the end, though, it was not a book I would press on people, saying ‘you have to read this. Thanks for sending your message! From the mid to late nineteenth century, Great Britain exercised authority over parts and then all of Nigeria.

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The scene of the two women having a cat fight in the night club is hilarious; imagine two middle aged whores going at each other, tearing each other’s clothes, making each other naked, thus showing their ugly aging bodies. Where did she come from, this Onitsha heroine? I don’t want to say too much about the plot of Spaceman of Bohemiabecause it is much more dependent on its plot than is Jagua. He can be reached at: Through Jagua, Ekwensi skilfully depicts what survival in Nigerian cities entails in a manner which still feels relevant today, as well as the depths love can drive people to.

There she manages to end a chieftaincy dispute with a neighboring village that had been threatening to flare into war for years. Villages taxed themselves to send favored sons overseas to school, and to build so many high schools that teachers could not be found to staff them.