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Title:Writing the Nigeria-Biafra War
Editors:Falola, ToyinISNI
Ezekwem, Ogechukwu
City of publisher:Suffolk
Publisher:James Currey
ISBN:1847011446; 9781847011442
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Nigerian-Biafran War
literary criticism
Abstract:The Nigeria-Biafra War lasted from 6 July 1966 to 15 January 1970, during which time the post-colonial Nigerian state fought to bring the South-Eastern region, which had seceded as the State or Republic of Biafra, back into the newly independent but ideologically divided nation. This volume discusses the trends and methodologies in the civil war writings, both fictional and non-fictional, and is the first to analyse in detail the intellectual and historical circumstances that helped to shape these often contentious texts. The recent high-profile fictional account by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 'Half of a Yellow Sun' was preceded by works by Ken Saro-Wiwa, Elechi Amadi, Kole Omotoso, Wole Soyinka, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Chukwuemeka Ike and Chris Abani, all of which strongly convey the horrific human cost of the war on individuals and their communities. The non-fictional accounts, including Chinua Achebe's last work 'There Was a Country', are biographies, personal accounts and essays on the causes and course of the war, its humanitarian crises and the collaboration of foreign nations. The contributors examine writers' and protagonists' use of contemporary published texts as a means of continued resistance and justification of the war, the problems of objectivity encountered in memoirs, and how authors' backgrounds and sources determine the kinds of biases that influenced their interpretations, including the gendered divisions in Nigeria-Biafra War scholarship and sources. Contributors: Toyin Falola, Ogechukwu Ezekwem, Ogechi E. Anyanwu, Raphael Chijioke Njoku, Austine Okwu, Bukola Oyeniyi, Wale Adebanwi, Akachi Odoemene, Olukunle Ojeleye, Christian Chukwuma Opata, Cyril I. Obi, Biodun Jeyifo, Meredith Coffey, Fiona Bateman, Alabi Adetayo, Ode Ogede, Françoise Ugochukwu, Hugh Hodges, Egodi Uchendu, Jane Bryce, Ofure O.M. Aito. [ASC Leiden abstract]