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. By initiating a dialogue on the civil war literature, this volume engages a much-needed discourse on the problems confronting a culturally diverse post-war Nigeria.Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin; Ogechukwu Ezekwem is a Ph D student in the Department of History, University of Texas at Austin.
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Table of Contents
Scholarly Trends, Issues, and Themes: Introduction PART I ON THE HISTORY OF THE NIGERIA-BIAFRA WAR - Toyin Falola and Ogechukwu EzekwemBackground to the Nigerian Civil War - G.N. UzoigweConnecting Theory with Reality: Understanding the Causes of the Nigeria-Biafra War - Ogechi E. AnyanwuThe Ahiara Declaration and the Fate of Biafra in a Postcolonial/Bi-Polar World Order - Raphael Chijioke NjokuThe Ahiara Declaration: Polemics and Politics PART II CRITICAL DEBATES ON THE NIGERIAN CRISIS - Austine OkwuBeyond the Blame-Game: Theorizing the Nigeria-Biafra War - Bukola OyeniyiConfronting the Challenges of Nationhood in Pre-Biafra Texts: Newspaper Narratives on the Eve of War - Wale AdebanwiLiterary Separatism: Ethnic Balkanization in Nigeria-Biafra War Literature - Akachi OdoemeneLocal Writers and Commitments to Ethnic Sentiments Part III THE WAR IN FICTION, MEMOIR & IMAGINATION - Olukunle OjeleyeMemoirs and the Question of Objectivity: Revisiting Alexander Madiebos' The Nigerian Revolution & the Biafran War & Robert Colliss's Nigeria in Conflict - Christian Chukwuma Opata"War is War": Recreating the Dreams and Nightmares of the Nigeria-Biafra War through the Eyes of Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy - Cyril I. ObiFirst, There Was a Country, Then There Wasn't: Reflections on Achebe's There was a Country - Biodun JeyifoEthnic Minorities and the Biafran National Imaginary in Chukwuemeka Ike's Sunset at Dawnand Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun - Meredith CoffeyBiafra in the Irish Imagination: War and Famine in Banville's An End to Flight and Forristal's Black Man's Country - Fiona BatemanMagical Realism or Science Fiction: The Nigerian Civil War and Ali Mazrui's The Trial of Christopher Okigbo - Alabi AdetayoBiafra, an Impractical Mission? Revisiting S.O. Mezu's Behind the Rising Sun and I.N.C. Aniebo's The Anonymity of Sacrifice Destination Biafra - Ofure O.M. AitoSelect Bibliography