On the event of Biafra remembrance day, many people expressed the emotions which, many years after, continue to trail mention of the Nigerian Civil war.
Across social media and online spaces, personal stories and quotes were shared, reprimands were issued, and writers wrote.
One of such pieces we loved was an essay by Emmanuel Iduma. The “Farad” writer turned in a piece (published by New York books) and in his usual sparse and attentive prose, he traces some artistic actors of the war. Names and works by Chinua Achebe and Christopher Okigbo feature heavily as Iduma takes on the heavy topic of Biafra.
Although lengthy, it will, like his latest book “A Stranger’s Pose” draw you in with the profundity of its ideas and the sharpness of its prose.
Here’s the opening paragraph:
“The books published about the war, by memoirists on either side, are written from the perspective of those who survived, and can manage to speak of its horrors. The dead, voiceless, keep to themselves. And what of the unborn? When I remember my uncle, it is to grieve for a man whom I never knew, forty years after his death.”
Read the full essay here