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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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ekwwensi Kurt rated it it was amazing Oct 30, And if dem give de gal belly, she mus’ carry de belly alone, and dem will run and lef’ her. The white man had sex with her and liked her and decided to keep her as his always ready sex toy.

There was, in effect, a coup within the coup. Jagua comes to life with every nna in this book. Because jobs were always scarce, there were constant tensions between the original inhabitants and the newcomers.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana

The first critical responses to Jagua Nana were in the English press, and they were positive. Nathan rated it really liked it Sep 01, Political allegiances rarely transcended villages, which were usually ruled by councils of elders, together with people usually men who had achieved status through prowess and entrepreneurship.

Tells the story of Jagua Nana, an ageing high-lifer and habitue of the seedy club Tropicana, which is an evocation of the chaos and intensive life of Lagos. His use of Nigerian Pidgin English is naturally fluent and enriches the backdrop of the novel.


The skirt was so tight she could not take a stride of more than six inches at a time. Ccyprian, Freddie did not know about this seamy side of Jagwa’s life; he was pretty much preoccupied with his studies. It doesn’t feel forced until the very end, when the similarity of what is decided makes sense, but the prose about it is a bit much.

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.

She saw him as he was about to board his plane and tried to talk to him. It helped to shape my reading future. D We are the gods The death of American conservatives is good riddance for me. Published in Book Review. Jagua sets to the task of getting Freddie to England with the same acumen and drive that she displays in all her affairs. She bribes just the right people to get a passport Freddie cannot get for himself.

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Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Want to Read saving…. The students, petty traders, artisans, and school leavers who constituted this new class developed a taste for reading through their limited education, but did not have the background reading ability to appreciate most conventional forms of literature. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. With 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 his pockets well-lined with cash.


With her hoard she then settled in Lagos and became the talk of the town. But Ekwensi published his own work well over 50 books, a book which acquired a measure of notoriety when it was well known and well distributed. And local “big men” politicians too.

Jagua Nana

Nevertheless, she fell in love with him. Does it matter that she would not know the biological father of the child? Jagya Reject Read More. Ekwensi wrote it early s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. While the urban cypian and the plot are important, it is the character of Jagua that make this a worthwhile s Nigerian novel. She decided to trade between Accra and Lagos. In the end, though, it was not a book I would press on people, saying ‘you have to read this.

It is a reminder that there are still many good people ekkwensi to do good things, and that we are a creative species. Modernity has driven men to a level of lust for power and money that cannot be constructively solved.

Cyprian Ekwensi: Jagua Nana – The Modern Novel

When I was in high school jafua the 60s, this was the scandalous book that we boys exchange for 3 other novels. But sex is a powerful drug and if it is robbed into a man’s face he is likely to give in. She had a restless spirit that sought adventure.