African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

Not Every Novel is Fiction: Flora Nwapa’s Efuru, Gender Consciousness and other Histories of Oguta

Uche Uwaezuoke Okonkwo

  •  Received: 23 June 2017
  •  Accepted: 07 March 2019
Flora Nwapa’s Efuru is no fiction instead of historical reality of the lives and people of Oguta of southeastern Nigeria. In this paper, efforts are channeled towards revealing how Oguta women superintend over their affairs when placed side by side with other Igbo village groups. In addition, attention is paid to critical aspects of Oguta’s social and political history of the 19th and 20th as reflected in Flora Nwapa’s Efuru thus convincing us the more that Efuru is no fiction but historical realities. However, why Nwapa painted a picture of women’s ability to withstand family challenges, it also gave a wrong impression about men in Oguta worldview by portraying She-Men (not real men) as loquacious husbands. The paper adopts the historical narrative method of analysis by assembling and interpreting existing materials.

Keywords: Gender, Fiction, Historical Reality, Feminism,