What an awesome way to revive The Inspirators category of my blog. I’m so so excited!
Didn’t know about her until my mentor recommended her book to me. Like a flash in the pan, I got inspired as I perused the back page.
Do you know she was the first female woman Nigerian to be published? Yes she was! Hope you are applauding. Yippee!
NAME~ Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa
BORN~ January 13, 1931 in Oguta, Imo State
EDUCATION~ primary and secondary school in Oguta, Elelenwa in Rivers State, and Lagos. Studied English, History and Geography at University College, Ibadan (now the University of Ibadan) from 1953 to 1957. In 1958, Nwapa attended the University of Edinburgh where she obtained a Diploma in Education
CAREER~ became an education officer in Calabar. In 1959, became a Geography and English teacher at Queen’s School, Enugu. From 1962 to 1967, she held the position of assistant registrar at the University of Lagos.
FAMILY LIFE~ married to Chief Gogo Nwakuche, a businessman with whom she had three children.
WRITING & PUBLISHING CAREER~ made her literary debut with the novel Efuru. In 1965, she was made the secretary of the Society of Nigerian Authors (now the Association of Nigerian Authors – ANA). Author of Idu, Never again.
Over the course of twenty-seven years, Nwapa published six novels, nine children’s books, three plays, two collections of short stories, a book of poems and innumerable essays.
Apart from writing books, Nwapa, with the help of her husband, established herself as a publisher by launching Tana Press in 1976 after becoming dissatisfied with her publisher. The company, which published adult fiction, was the first indigenous publishing house owned by a black African woman in West Africa. Between 1979 and 1981 she had published eight volumes of adult fiction. Nwapa set up also another publishing company, Flora Nwapa and Co., which specialised in children’s fiction.
DIED~October 16, 1993.
INSPIRATION~ With regards to her political views, Nwapa considered herself a womanist rather than a feminist in the Western sense. She encouraged other women with her own example to break the traditional female roles of wife and mother and to strive for equality in society through entrepreneurship. She has often been called the mother of modern African literature.
I don’t want to believe you will still procrastinate or dilly-dally after reading this post. Do not deprive the world of your potentials. By the way you can influence world in more ways than one like she did.
Please share with me names of people who have influenced or inspired you even those who still are. I intend to make this category an every necessity. Do encourage me.
I love you, shine forth like the star you’re meant to be! Do drop a comment.
Credit :How NG