Flora Nwapa was Africa's first published female novelist. She was born in Ugwuta, Nigeria in 1931 into a wealthy and influential family, the first daughter of six children. Flora Nwapa was mostly educated in Nigeria, attending primary and secondary school in Ugwuta, Elelenwa and Lagos. She later studied English, History and Geography at University College, Ibadan from where she graduated in 1957. In 1958 Nwapa attended the University of Edinburgh where she obtained a Diploma in Education. Following her return from Scotland, she became an education officer in Calabar in 1958 and then proceeded to teach at Queen's School, Enugu in 1959. From 1962 to 1967 she held the position of assistant registrar at the University of Lagos and it was during this period of her life that her literary career…

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Citation: Nzegwu, Femi. "Flora Nwapa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3364, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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