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date: 17 September 2019

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In July 1967, Igbos in the former Eastern Region declared the independent Republic of Biafra, leading to a brutal civil war that lasted until January 1970. The war’s conclusion papered over profound fissures within the nation and left unresolved many issues that led to war in the first place. This chapter examines the unique undercurrents of the Nigerian question and its Biafran unheimlich. What factors generate this new movement for a new Biafra? How have unresolved issues and subsequent political conditions helped revive the new quest for Biafra? Finally it examines the larger question of the fatality of nations that continue to grapple with the complexity and slipperiness of their colonial formations.

Keywords: Biafra, civil war, Eastern Nigeria, secession, Igbo, kwashiorkor

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