WHAT I THINK ABOUT CHINUA ACHEBE’S THERE WAS A COUNTRY: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BIAFRA -George O. Victor

Dad refused to tell me about the Nigerian Civil war. Achebe writes about the pain and anguish of those three years

Decades ago, in our small apartment in Agbado area of Lagos where I grew up in a family of full-blown Yoruba people, adjacent my parent’s room, was a two feet shelf that contained memorabilia from Biafra. I remember the Biafra coins and currency notes, receipts and moth eaten photographs that lay in a black paper satchel on the shelf.

At a time when we eventually had to move down to Àkúré, into our very own bungalow, the shelf was burnt along with the satchel. Dad never told me anything about the war or the experiences at the time.

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