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Short History of the Biafran Civil War

Fri 6 December, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour

Join Louisa Uchum Egbunike for a talk that situates the Nigeria-Biafra war within the context of colonial violence, strategies of divide and rule and the ethnocentric politics of the young Nigerian nation. Egbunike will discuss the events leading up to the war, the war itself and the ways in which the war is remembered. Woven into this historical account of the war will be discussions of how writers have captured the changing politics of Nigeria and Biafra in their works.

Dr. Louisa Uchum Egbunike is a lecturer in English at City, University of London. In 2016 she was selected as one of the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research council’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ which has seen her create and present content for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts Online. She is currently organising a series of conferences and workshops, curating a touring an art exhibition and producing a documentary film, which reflect on the legacies of the Nigeria-Biafra war. Louisa is one of the founders and conveners of the Annual International Igbo Conference at SOAS.

Tickets £9 (£6 concessions)

Following the talk, at 7.30pm (50 mins) there will be a free film screening of Louisa Uchum Egbunike’s documentary In the Shadow of Biafra. In the Shadow of Biafra presents the Nigeria-Biafra war through the lens of writers who have engaged with it. With interviews from a number of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chukwuemeka Ike and Nnedi Okorafor, this film explores issues of trauma, memory and how we remember across the generations as well as the political roles writers played during the war years. This is a preview screening in advance of its release in January 2020.

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