Flora Nwapa


Born
in Oguta, Nigeria
January 13, 1931

Died
October 16, 1993

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Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa (13 January 1931 – 16 October 1993) was a Nigerian author best known as Flora Nwapa. Her novel Efuru (1966) is among the first English-language novels by a woman from Africa.

Nwapa, born in Oguta, was the forerunner to a generation of African women writers. While never considering herself a feminist, she is best known for recreating life and traditions from a woman's viewpoint. In 1966 her book Efuru became Africa's first internationally published female novel in the English language (Heinemann Educational Books). She has been called the mother of modern African literature. Later she went on to become the first African woman publisher of novels when she founded Tata Press.

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More books by Flora Nwapa…
“We are well,' Efuru replied. 'It is only hunger.'
'It is good that it is only hunger. Good health is what we pray for.”
Flora Nwapa, Efuru

“There is no problem in this world that cannot be solved.”
Flora Nwapa, Efuru

“When Efuru went home, Ajanupu could not help admiring her character. "She is a woman among women. I like the way she is carrying her burden. She still loves that imbecile husband of hers and she is going in search of him.”
Flora Nwapa, Efuru

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