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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Before the period described in the novel, Jagua had toured the west coast of Africa, collecting cloth to sell. Poor Freddie has not taken proper measure of his opponents. A novel set in Lagos, the capital city of Nigeria, and in the eastern Nigerian village of Ogabu in the s; published in English in Back in Lagos, uagua, she fails in trying to reconcile the two candidates.

In later life Ekwensi worked in broadcasting, politics and as a pharmacist, while writing over forty books and scripts. Her father jagya a pastor of a church. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

In the meantime, operating under the illusion ajgua he still loved her, Jaguar decided to visit Freddie’s village at Bagana. Her olive-skinned calves were fully on show and her feet were barely kissed by open-worked wedge-heeled shoes…. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Jagua Nana

It is a reminder that there are still many good people trying to do good things, and that we are a creative species. Jagwa, through the grapevines, had heard that Freddie was flying off to London and with her latest flame, a jagau politician called Uncle Taiwo, went to the airport to say her goodbyes. Jagua Nana, no longer young but still irresistible, lives a life of hedonism in Lagos: Like most Igbo men, her father wanted his daughter to marry off and produce grandchildren for him.


Penguin Classic June 26, Language: The merchant princesses, he boasted, were independent women, and he knew that his sister loved independence. I did not go to sleep until I was done with it.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana – The Modern Novel

The scene made me laugh so loudly until my throat hurt! It does not matter that he is like 20 years younger than she is. It may be jahua pornography is a culturally developed taste, or that traditional Igbo mores inhibited detailed literary discussions of the acts of love inhibitions certainly not on display in the graphically satiric mbari art tradition.

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

She gave up on her trading business and began frequenting a local jagus club called the Tropicana. 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.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

Kurt rated it it was amazing Oct 30, A hilarious but touching depiction Lagos live in the mid-twenties. I quickly rushed home and started reading it.

For this reason the North purposely delayed the date of independence, which Nigeria might otherwise have been granted several years earlier, until a sufficient number of northerners had achieved higher education. The jaguw was so tight she could not take a stride of more than six inches at a time. Our recent essay dealing with the preponderance of quack drugs and merchants in Nigeria is….

Why, they asked, had the British succeeded in conquering them? Lists with This Book.

In any case, Onitsha writers did not have to undress their heroines in order to inflame the imagination of their readers. Jagua has set out her stall, and prostitution for her is life.

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. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over jabua and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.


Freddie is infatuated with her but realises that she cannot be considered a long-term partner and he starts a relationship with the much younger Nancy. She saw him as he was about to board his plane and tried to talk to him. I decided to write a review of the book nnana because it is a new book and, as such, my review could influence its sales but because I was very impressed by it.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In contrast to the greed and corruption of Lagos, Ekwensi describes Ogabu as a paradise, not naan to our heroine, but temporarily set aside:. Ijeoma rated it it was amazing Dec 11, Sunday, 29 July This is an early example of the Nigerian urban novel — previous novels had been mainly set in the rural areas — and is set mainly in Lagos, though also, in part in Port Harcourt, Onitsha and Bagana. 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.

See 1 question about Jagua Nana…. Not a masterpiece but very entertaining. This lack of artifice accentuates the artificiality of Lagos, and the disharmony of those who live the high life there. How many Nigerian lives are being lost and isn’t quackery taking its ugly toll? Chidera Bisong rated it it was amazing Aug 11,