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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May 16, Eric rated it really liked it. We are the gods Mr. Modern Language Association http: They turned their minds to business, not frivolities. Don’t assume someone has it better than you.

The Yoruba AG was in opposition. She actually fronted the money, paid for his stay in London and wangled a passport for him and all was set for him to go to London. Because jobs were always scarce, there were constant tensions between the original inhabitants and the newcomers.

However, fate intervenes and Jagua falls in love with Freddie, a neighbour half her jsgua whom she wishes to marry. For the first time this new Igbo woman could play an independent role in society. Each book ends with a return to childhood home, but in very different ways.


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He gave up and resigned himself to not going to London. She has made her money from selling cloth but is now a high class prostitute. There is an uproar over this assassination and Uncle Taiwo loses the election.

Taiwo sends out his goons to rough him up, and he dies from their blows. A cardinal rule for her is to regard sex as an easy route to quick money, and nanna richer the clients the better; especially “white” clientelle who apparently hold the keys to lots of money.


Home Arts Culture magazines Jagua Nana. Nna have just finished three novels about displacement, countries in transition, and how human relationships change in such times.

Uncle Taiwo is murdered, as is his chief henchman, Dennis Odoma with whom Jagua also has had a little fling. As usual I celebrate serendipitous co-readings.

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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. She had a restless spirit that sought adventure. 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 hagua to a group of Lagos women merchants: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


A hilarious but touching depiction Lagos live in the mid-twenties. Ekwensi’s kind of scandalous, but in a really great way – Jagua Nana is an incredible character: She turned around and asked them why they were following her. Customers who bought this item also bought. The first part is very amusing, the second not very focused. There was a problem sending your message. In the pursuit of love, the Onitsha heroine was most resourceful.

In later life Ekwensi worked in broadcasting, politics and as a pharmacist, while writing over forty books and scripts. Because he is such a fine writer I have to write this review and encourage folks to go out and buy his books and read them. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena.


This was the Nigerian atmosphere just after the independence. Get to Know Us. This is told through the eyes of a woman who has moved from rural Nigeria to Lagos in search of intensity:

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