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Biafra

1. a region of E Nigeria, formerly a local government region: seceded as an independent republic (1967--70) during the Civil War, but defeated by Nigerian government forces
2. Bight of. former name (until 1975) of (the Bight of) Bonny

Biafra

secessionist state of western Africa in which, during war with Nigeria, more than 1,000,000 people died of starvation (1968). [African Hist.: NCE, 290]
See: Hunger
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Humanitarian response to the Biafran famine emerged slowly, mainly due to a lack of awareness of the situation.
Nigerian military also advanced and overran the Biafran military and civilian with impunity.
But Adichie is generous in stating, in Achebe's defence, "to expect a dispassionate account from him [of the Biafran war] is a remarkable failure of empathy.
Debut directed by Biyi Bandele with cinematography by John De Borman (The Full Monty), this handsomelystaged, 111-minute film takes its name from the Biafran flag and is a sensitive if somewhat clunky exploration of fidelity until it suddenly explodes into something else.
Regarding A OTS, I analyse Achebe's (1987:158) idea of "the new radicalism", the depiction of ethnic/regional difference and the allegorical rehistoricisation of the Biafran War.
One of the most powerfill pieces inthe coUection is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's (Nigeria) "African 'Authenticity' and the Biafran Experience.
Fortunately, this moralising -- conceivably inspired by Boyd's childhood memories of living on the ' dark continent' while the West meddled in the Biafran war -- is only limited to certain portions of the narrative.
He castigates Biafran leaders who indulged in profligacy and merry-making while sending the ordinary soldiers to the war front to fight and die.
Samuel Fosso was born in Cameroon, then lived in Nigeria as a child but was forced to leave at the end of the Biafran war in 1972.
His adventures began after he got a degree in criminology and, when he was aged just 20, he spent a year teaching in Nigeria during the Biafran War.
Cold War geopolitics played a considerable role in rallying states (and subsequent arms provisions) either around the Nigerian federal government (thus resisting secessionism and African post-colonial state fragmentation), or around the Biafran self-declared state and the leader of the rebellion Chukweumeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (thus legitimizing claims of Biafrans, even though for controversial and varied reasons).
Achebe is the most widely read African author in the world, and was already a known and respected writer in 1967, when he joined the Biafran war effort," Adichie pointed out.