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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Here he presents a magnificent picture of a veritable, shameless, calculating and ruthless African prostitute.

These are the elements of the social world created by and for naan school leavers who made a new world for themselves in the post-World War II cities of Nigeria.

The purpose of this essay is to report on a personal experience with quack medicine…. The first part is jzgua amusing, the second not very focused.

Of the three, he is the one who I will be most likely to choose more of, once it arrives. There is an uproar over this assassination and Uncle Taiwo loses the election. Jagua likes the high life, both the music and the life of the Tropicana night club. Northwestern University Press, Lessons and musings after reading it: The coup faltered and was downgraded to a mutiny, a failure engineered by the mass of loyal government soldiers and the Igbo general who was the British-appointed head of the Nigerian army of independence.

Each novel is also at least in part a road trip; they contain one or more journeys of varying length and means of transit, from lorry e,wensi canoe to spaceship and motorcycle to science fiction doorways. A hilarious but touching depiction Lagos live in the mid-twenties. Many of the semieducated, who left school before graduation, became disenchanted with village life and so struck out for ekwenwi rapidly growing cities in gy of new lives. Thus, she would go to Accra and buy clothes and bring them to Lagos and sell them.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Again there is a careful examination of a developing relationship, between the astronaut and his wife. Sierra Leonean critic Eustace Palmer led the charge:. Published October 8th by Heinemann Educational Books first published 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.

She is able to establish a life for herself in the city as the girlfriend of various men, shrewdly saving the money they give her to trade with and carving out the self-sufficient life she craves. He made arrangements to board a ship soon leaving Lagos for England.

Over the decades power in the colony shifted from British to Nigerian authorities, who belonged to the various ethnic groups. She lived with him but was not satisfied with his meager income; he did not have what she wanted, money and what money provides, an exciting life.

Jagua Nana

After her return from trips to Bagana and Onitsha, Jagua throws herself into Lagosian affairs with undiminished energy. At this time Jagwa was forty five years old hence could be his mother.


Jagua Nana is the composite perfection of pop culture fantasies: It helped to shape my reading future. Ekwesni has set out her stall, and prostitution for her is life. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Between these delicate political maneuvers, she also manages to slip in a brief yb torrid affair with Bagana town chief Ofubara. Though intelligent, they lost interest in school when they discovered the game of love. Her intention was for Nancy to meet up with Freddie in London and marry him over there.

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While the urban setting and the plot are important, it is the character of Jagua that make this a worthwhile s Nigerian novel. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We leave her a bit more mature, but uncertain whether her passions will again overwhelm her sense. Cuprian summed up a time of transition between a rural and at least a partially urbanized Nigeria.

Is it politically correct as in matters of religion and tribe to say that…. A cardinal rule for her is to regard sex as an jwgua route to quick money, and the richer the clients the better; especially “white” clientelle who apparently hold the keys to lots of money.

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