There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

Chinua Achebe has provided us with a passionate personal account of the Biafra conflict. It is a very explosive personal account of the most tragic phase in Nigerian history: the Civil War of 1967 to 1970.

Achebe relates his own account of his time growing up under British-controlled Nigeria, to the British leaving and, essentially, chaos slowly taking hold. The new government, says Achebe, started to discriminate heavily against the Igbo people, of which Achebe is a part of. As a result, they attempted to split off from Nigeria and formed their own short-lived country Biafra. A profoundly important document from one of the world’s greatest writers.

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