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Flora Nwapa

This novel centers around the life of a young woman named Idu who is faced with the challenge of infertility, polygamy and widow inheritance. A cultural practice whereby a widow is required to marry a male relative of her late husband. The reader follows the protagonist as she navigates the complexities of traditional Igbo society and seeks to establish her own identity and agency in the face of societal pressures.

About the Author

FLORA NWAPA was a Nigerian author and pioneer in African women's literature. Born on January 13, 1931, in Oguta, Nigeria, Nwapa emerged as a trailblazer, breaking barriers in a male-dominated literary landscape. Armed with a deep understanding of her country's rich cultural heritage and the experiences of African women, Nwapa embarked on a mission to tell their stories. Her writing exhibits a sincere commitment to challenging societal norms, celebrating the strength and resilience of African women, and shedding light on the struggles faced in a patriarchal Igbo society by exploring the complexities of gender, identity, and traditional customs.

She passed away in 1993 leaving an indelible mark on the literary landscape and inspiring future generations of African women writers to embrace their voices and tell their stories.


'Nwapa's writing is a powerful blend of storytelling, cultural insight, and social commentary, making her an indispensable figure in African literature.'


'Flora Nwapa's contributions to Nigerian literature have forever changed the landscape, as she brought a fresh perspective and narratives that had been previously marginalized.'


'Nwapa's legacy as a writer and publisher continues to inspire and empower women in Nigeria and beyond, reminding us of the power of storytelling as a tool for social change.'


'Her work was a catalyst for a new wave of African women writers, influencing a generation to explore their own experiences and challenge patriarchal structures.'


'Flora Nwapa is a trailblazer and pioneer of African women's literature, who fearlessly tackled themes of gender, identity, and empowerment.'


'Nwapa's novels are a testament to her ability to capture the essence of Nigerian culture and society, while also challenging societal norms and expectations.'


'Flora Nwapa's groundbreaking work shattered barriers and paved the way for future generations of African women writers.'


'Her novels celebrate the strength and resilience of African women, giving them agency and a voice in literature.'

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