Legacies of Biafra

Legacies of Biafra

In 1967 Biafra seceded from Nigeria and a three-year war ensued until Biafra fell in 1970. As 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, this stream will provide a timely and much needed discussion on a period of modern history which has greatly impacted the social and political development of the Nigerian nation, as well as influencing the way in which the world viewed and engaged with contemporary Africa. Images of starving children in Biafra circulated through global media coverage of the conflict, presenting the world with the first images of this kind of a humanitarian crisis. Members of the French Red Cross who were dissatisfied with delivery humanitarian assistance during the war would form Médecins Sans Frontières in the wake of Biafra, shaping this NGO with lessons learnt during the Nigeria-Biafra war. Whilst the legacies of this conflict are visible in both local and international spaces, more work needs to be done to fully understand the ramifications of the war.

The intention is that this stream works towards deepening the knowledge and understanding of the legacies of the war.

Organiser: Louisa Uchum Egbunike ( Louisa.Egbunike@city.ac.uk )

Image credit: Exodus by Chike Azuonye