FLORA NWAPA : Kawe Author For The Month Of May May 9, 2018 – Posted in: Efuru – Tags: African Literature, Book Club, Chinua Achebe, Culture, Flora Nwapa, Igbo, Lifestyle, Nigeria, Publishing
There was a letter Flora Nwapa received that changed Nigerian Literature FOREVER….
“There was nothing in me when I was in school that made me feel I was going to be a writer. It was one of those things that just happened. I didn’t have the ambition to say, “Oh, Flora, you are going to be a writer, so work towards it.” She was 27 at the time and had just returned from Scotland. An Edinburgh University diploma in hand, she got a job teaching at Queens College in Enugu. Teaching at QC was great for a first job, but it also meant a lot of down time. Drafting stories became something she did to ward off boredom.
A few years later, in 1966, Efuru was published and became one of earliest novels written by an African woman and, certainly, the first written by a Nigerian woman.
In a world where women were excluded from the educational and intellectual communities that fostered creative work, it was near impossible for women to become writers.