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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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Her intention was for Nancy to meet up with Freddie in Ekweni and marry him over there. Return to Book Page. 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: It was a grey skirt with three big buttons down the front and a big slit down the back.

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.

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He made arrangements to board a ship soon leaving Lagos for England. On the surface, the book is about the life of a woman, Jagwa also spelled Jagua Nana.

Lagos was pretty crazy in the 60s, apparently not that that’s changed and although the story was pretty intense, it had a number of humorous and poignant moments especially its ending. Her olive-skinned calves were fully on show and her feet cyprain barely kissed by open-worked wedge-heeled nna.


Mayowa Omogbenigun rated it liked it Aug 30, With her hoard she then settled in Lagos and became the talk of the town.

Mar 09, Christine rated it it was amazing. I quickly rushed home and started reading it.

The purpose of this essay is to report on a personal experience with quack medicine…. Frequently willing to take any job without regard to its prestige, and to work tirelessly to achieve commercial success, the Igbo often proved more financially successful than other groups in these new urban environments. The World Is Hardlevels 24 charges against hotel girls, all of whom resemble Jagua. Poor Freddie has not taken proper measure of his opponents.

Home Arts Culture magazines Jagua Nana. I certainly plan to lay my hands on all his books that I can get.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

Our recent essay dealing with the preponderance of quack drugs and merchants in Nigeria is…. Somuso Odume rated it liked it Mar 08, As the novel goes on, Ekwensi paints a lasting image of a nan, intelligent, and flawed woman which remains with the reader long after finishing the last chapter.

Howard University Press, Trained as a pharmacist, he taught biology and chemistry before joining the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, where he became head of the features department. Don’t assume someone has bt better than you.


Again dkwensi is a careful examination of a developing relationship, between the astronaut and his wife.

While the urban setting and the plot are important, it is the character of Jagua that make this a worthwhile s Nigerian novel.

Jagua Nana

She agreed to the deal and they took her to the man’s house. Where did she come from, nans Onitsha heroine? In the end, though, she is captured by tradition and must go home to care for her aging mother.

As usual I celebrate serendipitous co-readings. This lack of artifice accentuates the artificiality of Lagos, and the disharmony of those who live the high life there. We have no doubt that Lagos is in trouble.

Special kudos to the author! Although the majority of market literature is didactic, the most vigorous writing was fictional, and the bestsellers were novellas or plays. To ask other readers questions about Jagua Nanaplease sign up. It is about a woman caught between true love and the need to fend for herself by any means necessary.

She dissolved her support for his plans to study in England. Honestly, I did not know much about Cyprian Ekwensi. Chidera Bisong rated it it was amazing Aug 11,