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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There were approximately titles of Onitsha market literature extant inthough this was only a fraction of the total number published. Enraged, Jagwa went through Freddie’s packed suitcases, fished out his passport and shredded it to pieces.

Eiwensi his Pontiac car, his bagful of ten shilling notes, and his Falstaffian laughter, Uncle Taiwo seems immune from the race for money, since the corrupt nature of Lagos politics keeps ekewnsi pockets well-lined with cash. Dec 08, Mena rated it really liked it.

This one wasn’t the best but if you want a slice of life in Nigeria in the mid-Twentieth century, it’s an interesting archetype study of a woman in Lagos. The purpose of this…. Why, they asked, had the British succeeded in conquering bh Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi

She decided to trade between Accra and Lagos. It may be that pornography is a culturally developed taste, or that fyprian Igbo mores inhibited detailed literary discussions of the acts of love inhibitions certainly not on display in the graphically satiric mbari art tradition. Its grammar and intonation closely resemble the coastal languages of West Africa.

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Become a Friend of the Library. Like many of the characters he wrote about, Cyprian Ekwensi grew up outside his Igbo Ibo homeland in eastern Nigeria. Trained as a pharmacist, he taught biology and chemistry before joining the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, where ekkwensi became head of the features department. We are the gods Mr.

Cyrian the mid to late nineteenth century, Great Britain exercised authority over parts jagya then all of Nigeria. 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: As his protagonist is a relatively unschooled woman driven by her passions, this works pretty well.

Ekwensi wrote it early s. See 1 question about Jagua Nana…. She ends kewensi living on men, although she also falls for a young teacher struggling to climb upwards via an education in England. Thus, she was able to make ends meet by being a high end prostitute; those generally pick up one customer per night, a loaded customer able to give them the kind of money their luxurious lifestyle demanded.

I went to the section on Afro-Americans and browsed. Northwestern University Press, Chidera Bisong rated it it was amazing Aug 11, So I use to fear. It does not matter that he is like 20 years younger than she is.

We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you jxgua opt-out if you wish. 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. Poor Freddie has not taken proper measure of his opponents. She has made her money from selling cloth but is now a high class prostitute. Mama Nancy later learned about what Jagua did, and the two women got into a brawl.


Jagua Nana

Even when she is forced back to the rural areas village where she continues providing sex for men, including pertinent aristocracy.

Eventually they became harlots, a profession that their love of Highlife, fashion, and money made inevitable. Toward the Decolonization of African Literature. Jagua Nana is an unforgettable character. Brassy, sassy and the vulnerable warrior, jagua nana is an icon of the urban black asskicker! Please complete all the fields in the form before sending.

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. The man was twenty five years old.

Forming a colony with little regard for the cultural mix, the British created a restless amalgamation of ethnic groups. I have nan finished three novels about displacement, countries in transition, and how human relationships change in such times. Jagua Nana — Jagua comes from the Jaguar cypriam, because she is so stylish — is a forty-five year old Igbo woman living in Lagos.

Guess what I saw? He wrote for children under the name C.

Afraid of losing her beauty, Jagua whose assumed name is meant to evoke the glamour of the Jaguar automobile clings to Freddie, a young, impoverished law student whom she hopes to marry after he completes his studies.