There can be few novels in Africa which are more popular than this story of a warm-hearted prostitute desperate to marry into the educated elite.There can be few novels in Africa which are more popular than this story of a warm-hearted prostitute desperate to marry into the educated elite.Read Less
London. 1961. Hutchinson & Company. 1st British Edition. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front & Tape Mark On Back Endpaper Otherwise Very Good. No Dustjacket. 192 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature Nigeria Black Africa. inventory # 13324. FROM THE PUBLISHER-There can be few novels in Africa which are more popular than this story of a warm-hearted prostitute desperate to marry into the educated elite. Jagua Nana details the affairs and adventures of an aging prostitute in the ‘wicked' city of Lagos, and in her idyllic home village of Ogabu, during the turbulent years preceding Nigerian independence in 1960. Cyprian Ekwensi, MFR (September 26, 1921–November 4, 2007) was a Nigerian short story writer and author of children's books. Ekwensi, a native of Nkwelle-Ezunaka in today's Oyi local government of Anambra State, was born in Minna, Niger State. His father was David Anadumaka, a story-teller and elephant hunter. Ekwensi attended Government College in Ibadan, Oyo State, Achimota College in Ghana, and the School of Forestry, Ibadan, after which he worked for two years as a forestry officer. He also studied pharmacy at Yaba Technical Institute, Lagos School of Pharmacy, and the Chelsea School of Pharmacy of the University of London. He taught at Igbobi College. Ekwensi has nine children. His oldest son George is a well known New Jersey accountant. Ekwensi was employed as Head of Features at the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and by the Ministry of Information during the First Republic; he eventually became Director of the latter. He resigned his position in 1966, before the Civil War, and moved to Enugu with his family. He later served as chair of the Bureau for External Publicity of Biafra, prior to its reabsorption by Nigeria. Ekwensi wrote hundreds of short stories, radio and television scripts, and several dozen novels, including children's books. His 1954 PEOPLE OF THE CITY was the first book by a Nigerian to garner international attention. His novel DRUMMER BOY (1960), based on the life of Benjamin 'Kokoro' Aderounmu was a perceptive and powerful description of the wandering, homeless and poverty-stricken life of a street artist. His most successful novel was JAGUA NANA (1961), about a Pidgin-speaking Nigerian woman who leaves her husband to work as a prostitute in a city and falls in love with a teacher. He also wrote a sequel to this, JAGUA NANA'S DAUGHTER. In 1968, he received the Dag Hammarskjöld International Prize in Literature. In 2006, he became a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Ekwensi died on 4 November 2007 at the Niger Foundation in Enugu, where he underwent an operation for an undisclosed ailment. The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), having intended to present him with an award on November 16, 2007, converted the honor to a posthumous award.
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