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  • The Federal Republic of Nigerian Army: The Siege of a Nation By Major General M. Chris Alli (rtd) ()
    A former general in the Nigerian army, defence attache to Zimbabwe and member of the Abacha caucus, chronicles the role played by the army in Nigerian history, from the first military coup in 1966 to Obasanjo's accession to power in 1998. He describes his own experiences in the army at home and abroad, including a section on his personal interactions with Abacha and the caucus. The author writes in anger at the domination of political hegemony and the subsequent intervention of the military into politics, the perceived dichotomy between people and state, and its implicactions for issues of development and human rights. He states: 'This book is not an indictment of the military of which I am a part. It is my perception of the conduct of my generation and the multifarious forces at work amongst and about them. It is not a verdict on society, rather it is an articulation of the ecstasy, the fears, the constrictions of a nation in turmoil, a nation pulling itself apart.'
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  • The Untold Story of the Nigeria-Biafra War By Luke Nnaemeka Aneke ()
    This is the history of the Nigerian civil war, a four-year period of events that have been meticulously and painstakingly tied to actual and specific dates, as well as days of the week, creating the greatest one-volume diary on the civil war, with verifiable and referenced sources. The contents of this book reflect the events of the Nigerian civil war and world reactions, woven together into a simultaneous and situational sequence that creates a real and actual experience to the reader, as if the events were still contemporaneous. The contents are free of the shackles of governments control on both sides of the war. In this book, Dr. Luke Nnaemeka Aneke, presents the Nigerian civil war in a different and unique form - an amalgam of eyewitness accounts from journalists, relief workers, mercenaries, arms dealers, pilots and others, as recorded by independent news sources not controlled by Nigerian or Biafran authorities. In his foreword to this book, the late General Phillip Efiong wrote: “the presentation of this book in the form of a diary of events paints a picture –a historical picture-that is free of rancour and the play of personal emotions”, for which work, according to the general also, Nigeria and the world should be grateful to the author.
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  • In Biafra Africa Died By Emefiena Ezeani ()
    The is a most comprehensive and scholarly research narrative on the Nigeria-Biafra War, which has been described by some academics as “the worst crime against humanity since World War II.”
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  • Last Train to Biafra: Memoir of a Biafran Child by Diliorah Chukwurah ()
    Last Train to Biafra is yet another memoir on the Nigeria-Biafran war. The book however is exceptional in the sense that it ranks among the finest memoirs to be written on the Nigerian-Biafran fratricidal conflict, a must-read for every human being on earth.  In the words of Dr Onyebuchi Ileh, Head, Department of English and Literature, Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja, the book ‘is the most touching account of the pogrom against the Igbos after the 1966 counter coup.’
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  • Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: Facing the Future By Raph Uwechue ()
    A comment on the First Edition from Lagos' Sunday Times: "The most unimpassioned account, to date, of the Nigerian civil War...Reflections is a book for any shelf..."
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  • We Are All Biafrans -A Participant Observer’s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster By Chido Onumah ()
    We Are All Biafrans is a collection of essays focusing on the crisis of nationhood in Nigeria.

    In this book, Chido Onumah argues that many, if not all, of the problems of Nigeria are rooted in the structure of the country. He makes a case, as he did in his previous books, for the socio-political restructuring of Nigeria. He argues that the country needs to engage episodic political convulsions that threaten its very foundation, including Biafra, June 12, Boko Haram, the “National Question”, citizenship rights, and “militocracy”.


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  • How and Why the Yoruba Fought and Lost the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War By Dr Jimanze Ego-Alowes ()
    This must be one of the great revolutions of interpretation in Nigerian history. Built on facts, the book guides our gaze towards neglected chronology and meaning of events. The implications make for an inevitable and radical re-evaluation of modern Nigerian history.

    If one may suspend disbelief, reading this book will amount to a rewiring of our convictions and concepts about Nigeria and its history.

    How and Why the Yoruba Fought and Lost the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War, amounts to a game changing interrogation of Nigeria. The book demonstrates that an implausible conjecture is not only possible but that it has already happened in the past!
     
    Ego-Alowes adopts a psychoanalytic approach to the whole drama that is Nigerian politics. Suddenly, all the scattered pieces of our history are pieced to reveal not just where the "rain started to beat us", but also a way forward from the ensuing cold.

    Personally, I do not think that the mentioned characters are solely aware of the implications and connotative meanings of their many comments as well as body language; perhaps it is because history has overtime conditioned me to perceive them as political saints. Nonetheless, national gamer or apostle, this is one book to read, for Nigeria's sake.

    -Amara Chimeka


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  • My Dialogue With Nigeria By Alani Akinrinade ()
    Alani Akinriade: My Dialogue With Nigeria pulls together the innermost thoughts and view of Lieutenant General Ipoola Alani Akinrinade, former Chief of Defence Staff and pro-democracy activist, on True Federalism in Nigeria and how to archive unity that is equitable and beneficial to all Nigerians.
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  • A Gift of Sequins: Letter to my Wife By Victor Banjo ()
    Because it is strikingly original, it sheds some light on Nigerian?s recent past. It is the story of a brilliant and courageous man, weighed down by history, and of a woman?s extraordinary stamina to struggle on despite all difficulties. It is presented through the eyes of the children who went through it all. It is a family saga and a national treasure. The book is an overwhelming picture of patriotism, pain, love and joy.
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  • The Tragedy of Victory: On-the-Spot Account of The Nigeria-Biafra War in The Atlantic Theatre By Gen. Alabi-Isama ()
    The Tragedy of Victory: On-the-Spot Account of the Nigeria-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre is a detailed chronological narrative of the war that lasted from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970. With about 500 photographs and maps, the book dwarfs all other previous publications on this subject matter in terms of depth of facts, coverage and accuracy. 

    The well-organised, disciplined and efficient Third Marine Commandos, the soldiers in this theatre of the war earlier commanded by Col. Benjamin Adekunle with Lt. Col. G. Alabi-Isama, the Chief of Staff, already controlled the Atlantic coast from Bonny to Calabar before Col. Olusegun Obasanjo's arrival as the new commander.This most-revealing book is in three parts. The first part is an account of the author's life and his first encounter with the army. Under the watchful eyes of a mother who gave the best in moral education to a son of promise, Alabi-Isama's life got shaped by a pre-destined career where the cap really fitted. The second part is about the real combat. It outlines, in detail, the strategies and tactics the commandos employed during the historic 480-kilometre trek from Calabar to Port Harcourt and narrates the hostile climate, terrain and environment, the travails, health and survival hazards they had to surmount on the 30-day march. The think-tank, the mapping out of operations and disciplined control of men and materials by Alabi-Isama, the chief of staff, as well as the officers of 3 Marine Commando Division of the Nigerian army, sustained the Nigerian side of the conflict.

    This section concludes with the final successful push by the commandos into Uli-Ihiala, Biafra's 'centre of gravity', a move that ended the war following the surrender of Biafra. The third part is an expose on Obasanjo's book, My Command. The author contests Obasanjo's claims about the war as being inconsistent with the truth and maintains that it is a tragedy that the real fighters of the war for the unity of Nigeria have not been acknowledged to date. Rather, they wallow in poverty and are discredited by their military leaders who assumed political offices with all the accompanying largesse.

    The book is a rich manual, a repository of invaluable information and a document that gives a precise and veritable first-person account of the Nigerian civil war, in the Atlantic theatre. It is a must for every serving and retired member of the armed forces to own. Other Nigerians and the international community would find it particularly useful in reconstructing the events of Nigeria's civil war.

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  • The Last Flight: A Pilot remembers the Airforce and the Biafran Air Attacks By Capt. August Okpe ()
    (Chapters 15 to 18) recollect the coups, the social/political repercussions, and the dramatic escape of the author and others from their Kaduna air force base. The rest of the chapters (from Chapter 19 to Chapter 52) record the setting up of Biafra Air Force, procurement of a bewildering assortment of aircraft (or more appropriately any contraptions that could fly).
    But the story of LAST FLIGHT is far larger and deeper than a tale of war and one service: a gifted story-teller, the author uses the vintage point of Biafran Air Force to knit together the essential happenings in virtually all sectors of the war theatre including its political environment. The book is almost a full picture of Biafra seen through the clear lenses of a major actor, if we discount the opening chapters that help the reader to touch base with the author's early years of professional training. Through the author's integrity of perspective and seamless flow of description of events, the various sectors of the Biafran endeavour appear, not as range of disparate episodes but as an integral network of one gallant collective.
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  • The Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970)-My Memoirs By Patrick A. Anwunah ()
    "As the Biafran Army Commander and therefore, an active participant in the Nigeria-Biafra War, I have written my own account of the war to cover details of tactics and general operational conduct. Colonel (Barrister) Patrick Anwunah, a remarkable Staff Officer both in Nigeria and Biafra, has now through his memoirs, revealed the logistics and general administrative aspects needed to sustain the Biafran Army at war for three years. He has thrown more light on the situation that led to the 'Statement of Peace' by General Philip Efiong to end the war in January 1970."
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  • THE NIGERIAN-BIAFRAN BUREAUCRAT: An Account of Life in Biafra and within Nigeria By Onyegbula, Godwin A ()
    Godwin Alaoma Onyegbula was formerly General Ojukwu’s top civilian aide and confidant, and Biafra’s chief ambassador. In this account, he conveys his intimate knowledge on questions such as the Biafran resistance and whether Ojukwu was involved in the coup of 15 January 1966. He further considers the merits of the French/Portuguese/South African axis to the Biafran diplomacy and war efforts; and how the beleaguered Biafran State survived for three years with under-equipped armed forces and wide-spread deprivation. Foreword by Ojukwu himself. 494pp, NIGERIA. SPECTRUM BOOKS LTD.
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  • THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR: FORTY YEARS AFTER WHAT LESSONS By Armstrong Matiu Adejo ()
    Seven years after independence, Nigeria was plunged into a tumultuous political crisis that degenerated into a major civil war, which lasted for thirty months. The war ended in 1970 with great casualties on both sides, especially from the Igbo. The Nigerian government, under General Yakubu Gowon military administration, declared that there was “no victor and no vanquished”. The Federal Military Government went further to implement the famous post war reconstruction programme christened the three Rs: that is Reconstruction, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation. How constructive this programme was still remains the subject of intense debate amongst scholars. Indeed, forty years after the war, thee fundamental issues that caused the war continue to be topical in the politics of the country.

    Themes:
    In the light of the above, the Historical Society of Nigeria is organizing an international conference on the Nigerian Civil War Forty Years After: What Lessons? The following sub-themes are expected to be considered by interested scholars:

    a. Issues and causes of the Nigerian Civil War
    b. The course of the Nigerian Civil War
    c. Igbo perspective on the Nigerian Civil War
    d. Non-Igbo perspective on the Nigerian Civil War
    e. Ethnic minorities and the Nigerian Civil War
    f. The war economy and its consequences
    g. Demobilization and disarmament
    h. Refugee Problem and the Nigerian Civil War
    i. Post-civil war generation and their perspectives on the Nigerian Civil War
    j. Literature on the Nigerian Civil War
    k. Nigerian women and the Civil War
    l. Resurrection of the Nigerian Civil War/irredentist ideas and movements
    m. The Nigerian Civil War and the Wider World

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  • House of War By Dare Babarinsa ()
    House of War is a chronicle of the bitter and bloody struggle for political power in Nigeria’s Second Republic, especially among the followers of the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo. This is the story about the schism in the Awo camp and how Awoists turned against one another in the great scramble for political office. The book exposes the politicians’ grand auction of principles and the political intrigues, double dealings, back stabbings, stealing of votes, arson and killings, that characterised the Second Republic, especially during the 1983 elections. It is a relevant book, especially for those who have been following Nigeria’s new attempt to establish a worthwhile democracy since the end of military rule in 1999.

    About the Author
    Dare Babarinsa, a leading Nigerian journalist, graduated from the University of Lagos in 1981; he was the Chief Correspondent of the Concord Group of Newspapers in Ondo State during the 1983 general elections. He was Associate Editor at the leading Nigerian news magazine News watch until 1990 when he joined four other journalists from the News watch stable to establish Tell, Nigeria’s acclaimed foremost weekly news magazine.
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  • JUST BEFORE DAWN: By Kole Omotosho ()
    incidents in the book are real; the narrative is conceived and written as a novel. The story covers riots, uprisings, private hopes and griefs and coup d'etats -a history marred by violence, with an outcome satisfactory to none. The book was received as a major contribution to African writing, in its innovative style, and was awarded Special Commendation in the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa in 1989, which described it as providing a more profound understanding than is available in conventional history books and novels.
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  • Ojukwu: The Last Patriot By Valentine Obienyem ()
    The dust generated by Emeka’s administrative work had hardly settled down when, in search of an organization that would escape his father’s influence, he generated another controversy that threatened to separate him from his father for good. He joined the Army! This was in 1957, when the Nigerian Army was merely a part of an all-embracing British West African army called the Royal West African Frontier Forces (RWAFF). These forces included the armies of Nigeria, Gold Coast (now Ghana), Sierra-Leone and Gambia.
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  • The Forest Dames By AdaOkere Agbasimalo ()
    The Forest Dames is a novel based on war experiences that must be told in order to free the mind, disseminate information and prick the conscience of war agitators. It is a true life story fictionaised to reduce impact.

    The book tells the story of a young girl who lived with her parents in the relatively calm and peaceful British colony of Nigeria, where shortly after independence compatriots went for each other’s throats. This soon exploded into a full blown civil war and from that time onwards, nothing was ever the same again.

    The war came with ugly incidences, one of which was the hunt for and abduction of girls and women to be forcibly converted to bed mates. Families sought hiding places for their ‘eligible’ females but these hide-outs were soon discovered through the power of and intimidation from the gun. Two women however decided that their daughters will never be made victims. They found a ‘safe haven’ for their daughters – the evil forest where the roars of wild animals were continually heard. But this is nothing compared to the brutal termination of lives and wanton destruction of properties through air, land and marine attacks; including starvation that was the order of the day, and which placed the final death mark on the people.

    The forest dames, four in number, survived the war and one of them decides to tell the unfortunate story of the elasticity of human suffering. All four dames are still alive and can be reached for further interactions. One of the brave mothers is also still living.

    About the Author
    AdaOkere Agbasimalo writes with a passion that underscores her connection with her environment and profound knowledge of the theme of her work. She also has a rare gift in creative writing which enables her to latch on to a theme and very quickly weave her way through the scenes and characters with masterly control. This skill is perceptible in all her works which are unputdownable as they all immediately draw the reader into the story with a commitment to fulfill the objective of the story. Not afraid to grapple with potent social issues in her works, AdaOkere Agbasimalo in her usual candour, set out in the book "The Forest Dames", to recount war experiences from the gender perspective. With typical incisive narrative and imagery, she paints an engaging picture of hate, fear, passion, hunger, deprivation and hope, all the key elements of the crisis of war; eliciting in the reader, profound empathy at all turns. Her thoughts as enunciated in her book "The Forest Dames" should catalyze any mind desirous of equity, justice, fairness and peace in the world, to embrace these virtues. "Mom, you are rare" - Chibueze Benjamin Agbasimalo (son), Student, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State Nigeria. 2004. "Ndaa Ada Agbasimalo, i nwere ezi aha n'ulo di gi, i nwere ezi aha n'ebe i na aru oru, i nwere ezi aha n'umu nna gi". - Chima Eke alias Obareze (Bongo Musician) 2008 in album title Ezi aha ka ego
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  • WOMEN AND CONFLICT IN THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR By Egodi Uchendu ()
    like their Igbo kith and kin east of the River Niger (who led the Biafran revolution and fought the Nigerian federal government from 1967 to 1970) were as involved militarily and otherwise as Biafrans in the confrontation with the federal government all through that period of crisis. In analyzing Anioma women war-time roles, the book draws largely on interviews with women who survived the war, some of whom were adults during the crisis and others who were children at the time.
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  • Why We Struck By Adewale Ademoyega ()
    Why We Struck tells the story of the first military intervention in Nigerian politics. The coup that took place on January 15, 1966, was conceived and planned together by Majors Nzeogwu, Ifeajuna and Ademoyega. The execution of the plan had a lightning effect, and the coup provoked a reaction within the first hours of its commencement, opening the floodgate that culminated in the Civil War.

    Apart from being a vivid account of one of the most historical events in Nigeria up to date, the book is indeed a souvenir, being the original work of the only surviving member of the trio that conceived and planned the coup.

    In this book, Major Ademoyega dispels the popular myths which some people, not directly connected with the coup, have amplified and used for their selfish ends.

    A lot has been written about the motivations, actions, and purposes of the revolution that jerked Nigeria into self-consciousness on January 15, 1966. Much of what has been written was merely deduced from what the authors saw or heard. So far, nothing has been published by any of the actual revolutionaries. This is the first authentic account of the revolution. It is written by the only surviving member of the innermost group that planned the revolution.

           “Everything has been done to ensure that this book is accurate and that it depicts the revolution and all that followed it exactly as they were seen from the centre of that great event, which has proved to be the first major milestone in the history of the political development of Nigeria since independence was attained.
    My gratitude goes to my friends, who have encouraged me to write this book. I do hope that they and the entire reading public will be enriched in their knowledge of the truth, which is herein depicted.”
          Adewale Ademoyega

                     
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  • Because I Am Involved By Ojukwu Chukwuemeka ()
    BECAUSE  I AM  INVOLVED ” written by Dim Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu is a political treatise that centers  on the Author’s perception of the Nigerian political situation with indepth analysis of the peculiarities of the country’s problems and offering unbeatable solutions to these problems.
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  • Emeka By Frederick Forsyth ()
    Biafran war. Anioma, the Igbo homeland west of the River Niger, was for long absent in the accounts on the civil war; yet, the Anioma like their Igbo kith and kin east of the River Niger (who led the Biafran revolution and fought the Nigerian federal government from 1967 to 1970) were as involved militarily and otherwise as Biafrans in the confrontation with the federal government all through that period of crisis. In analyzing Anioma women war-time roles, the book draws largely on interviews with women who survived the war, some of whom were adults during the crisis and others who were children at the time.
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  • Soldiers of Fortune By Max Siollun ()
    “This book is the story of Nigeria’s political journey between January 1, 1984 and August 27, 1993. This is the story of how things fell apart.”

    The years between 1984 and 1993 were momentous for Nigeria. Military rule crafted the conditions and character of today’s society, forcing cataclysmic changes on the political, economic and religious landscape that nearly tore the country apart on several occasions.

    Soldiers of Fortune is a fast-paced, thrilling yet objective analysis of the major events of the Buhari and Babangida eras. It reveals the true story behind past controversies such as the annulment of the June 12 election, the execution of Mamman Vatsa, the foiled kidnapping of Umaru Dikko, the Orkar coups and the assassination of Dele Giwa.

    Historian and lawyer Max Siollun gives an intimate, fly-on-the-wall portrait of the major events and dramatis personae of the period. Soldiers of Fortune is a must-read for all Nigerians and Nigeria- watchers. Its dramatic narrative style will engage casual or academic readers alike.
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  • There Was A Country By Chinua Achebe ()
    In the aftermath of the release of Chinua Achebe's book titled There Was a
    Country: A Personal History of Biafra and his article published in the Guardian
    on 2 October 2012, there have been many debates about the Biafra war.
    Some have accused Achebe of stirring up old wounds by resurrecting the "B"
    question, while others are appalled at his comment about Awolowo’s policies,
    which Achebe claims resulted in the starvation of millions of people. Some
    have suggested that rather than heap the blame on Nigerian officials, Achebe
    should have heaped the blame on the Biafran leaders who embarked on a
    war knowing that their army was ill equipped to take on the Nigerian forces.
    The debate has also taken a tribal dimension with many Igbo’s rallying behind
    Professor Achebe, while many Yoruba’s have taken to the opposite side by
    expressing their displeasure at Achebe, while defending Awolowo’s legacy.
    Regardless of what Achebe said or did not say, it does not deny the fact that
    his article in the Guardian and his new book are timely. For a very long time,
    the Biafra question keeps on coming up again and again. On one hand, the
    Igbo's feel aggrieved by what they experienced during the war, while on the
    other hand, the rest of the country feel that the Biafra war occurred long ago
    and that the Igbo's should get over it and move on.
    Unfortunately, the current debate triggered by Achebe’s article and book has
    resulted in many of us focusing on the principal players in the war, rather than
    focusing on the underlying issue at hand: i.e. the genocide that took place
    during the three year war. One problem with focusing on the principal actors
    such as Yakubu Gowon, Obafemi Awolowo, Chinua Achebe, Emeka Ojukwu,
    Olusegun Obasanjo, Brigadier Adekunle, Murtala Mohammed etc is that none
    of these actors were significantly impacted by the war. They and most of their
    family all came out of the war, intact, healthy and alive. However, what we
    need to revisit as a nation is the tragic story of the millions of people (majority
    children) who died as a result of man’s cruelty to man.
    THIS IS REALLY A MUST GET BOOK!
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  • Everything Good Will Come By Sefi Atta ()

    It is 1971, and Nigeria is under military rule, though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Enitan’s brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door Sheri Bakare? This novel charts the fate of these two Nigerian girls, one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system and one who attempts to defy it.

    THE REVIEWS

    “A beautifully paced stroll in the shoes of a woman growing up in a country struggling to find its post-independence identity…Everything Good Will Come depicts the struggles women face in a conservative society. This is convincing; more remarkable is what the novel has to say about the need to speak out when all around is falling apart.” – Times Literary Supplement, UK

    “An original, witty, coming-of-age tale: Tom Sawyer meets Jane Eyre, with Nigerian girls…you can feel the dust and sun. This is award-winning novel is an iridescent introduction to a fascinating nation.” – Observer Magazine, UK

    “Again and again Atta’s writings tugs at the heart, at the conscience. At the same time, reflecting the resilience of the Lagosians whose lives she explores, humour is almost constant, effervescent, most often with a satirical twist.” – Sunday Independent, South Africa

    “This lively first novel breaks new ground with a close-up, honest story of a contemporary Yoruba woman’s coming-of-age in Lagos. Never reverential, Enitan’s first person narrative reveals the dynamic diversity within the city, the differences across class, generation, gender, faith, language, tradition, and individual character. Differences, yes, but sometimes connections, too.” – Booklist

    “Sefi Atta’s first novel has the nerve to redefine existing traditions of African Story telling. It confronts the familiar passions of a city and a country with unusual insights and a lyrical power pointing our literature to truly greater heights.” – Odia Ofeimun, author of The Poet Lied

    “Everything Good Will Come is like listening to an old friend recounting and bringing up to date and to life happenings in our beloved city of Lagos. I was sorry when I came to the end.” – Buchi Emecheta, author of The Joys of Motherhood

    “What is beyond doubt is that Sefi writes brilliantly with instantly infectious wit.” – Bashorun JK Randle, author of The Godfather Never Sleeps

    “There is wit, intelligence and a delicious irreverence in this book. But it is Sefi Atta’s courage in choosing to look at her fictional world through fiercely feminist lenses that I most admired.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Purple Hibiscus

    “This is a courageous story about friendship and self-discovery, it is a rallying cry to women to speak out in a world that tries to muzzle them.” – Helon Habila, author of Waiting For an Angel

    “An affirmation of faith in one’s capacity, especially female and national, for self-realization.” – Tanure Ojaide, author of Labyrinths of the Delta

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  • Sunset at Dawn A Novel of the Biafran War By Chukwuemeka Ike ()
    As one of Nigeria's top writers, the author is concerned with the condition of his country. In this novel he tells, with humour, a human story set in the tragedy of the Biafran war. Fatima is fleeing the enemy planes with her young son, and through her unfolding drama, the reader sees what the war was really like through Biafran eyes.
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  • Nigeria/Biafra Civil War : My Experience By Achike Udenwa ()

    Coming barely seven years after Nigeria’s independence, the civil war is, perhaps, the most critical watershed in the country’s annals. Heaps of books have written on that seemingly spontaneous event, but 41 years after the bombs stopped landing and rifles stopped crackling, the last of the war of survival has not been heard.

    It has become the proverbial elephant whose different body parts were felt by seven blind men and each had a different story to tell. The latest of the wartime stories comes from a high-profile participant. Chief Achike Udenwa two-term governor of Imo State and former Minister of Commerce has also thrown his hat in the ring in the matter of reliving his own side of war time tales.

    If, indeed, there had been any doubts about Chief Udenwa’s claims to being a central participant in the 30-month conflict then his new book captioned Nigerian/Biafran Civil War:My Experince has cleared such doubts permanently.

    The 258-page book, structured in seven chapters, excluding preliminaries, strikes at the heart of an event which significance continues to reverberate in the face of current political developments.

    In reality, it cannot be said with exactitude that Nigeria has finally overcome threats to its unity; a threat amplified by current security situations such as gave birth, though in varied circumstance, to the war which Udenwa partook in as a very young man.

    In the first 76 pages the author took a historical perspective of Nigeria’s political evolution, making copious references to immediate events that eventually culminated in the civil war.

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  • My Command: An Account of the Nigerian Civil War 1969-70 ()
    When former President Olusegun Obasanjo penned his war memoirs, he called it My Command, a cocky title since no one expected anything less than command for a general's account of his soldiery during the Nigerian Civil War. Again whose command should it have been? Could he have woven the war tales of another general? Readers would have called him presumptuous. Yet, when his fellow combatants read his story, they called him presumptuous. They implied that the earthy man lied through his pen, the man who ran this country twice, once as civilian and the other as soldier, who claimed victory for the war, who affects the air of the soldier as statesman, who even tinkers with the toga of thinker, was not the soldier he claimed. To his credit though, Obasanjo might have claimed to be a soldier but not a gentleman. Get a copy and read on
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  • Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. ()
    An epic story of love and civil war set in Nigeria during the 1960s, Half of a Yellow Sun recounts the lives of three characters caught up in events larger than themselves. Ugwu, a young houseboy working for an idealistic university professor. Olanna, the professor's mistress, and Richard, a British expatriate in love with Olanna's twin sister, Kainene. Their relationships are thrown into jeopardy when Richard spends one drunken night with Olanna, and as the war escalates. 


    With Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie firmly establishes herself as a most powerful storyteller and humanist, ''the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,'' according to The Washington Post Book World. 

    The book has won numerous awards and accolades worldwide, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007.


     

    About the Author:

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. From the award-winning author, comes a new work 'Amaericanah' a powerful story of love, race and identity.Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, published by Algonquin in 2003, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Broadband Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck, was the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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  • This House Has Fallen: Nigeria In Crisis By Karl Maier ()
    To understand Africa, one must understand Nigeria, and few Americans understand Nigeria better than Karl Maier. This House Has Fallen is a bracing and disturbing report on the state of Africa's most populous, potentially richest, and most dangerously dysfunctional nation.Each year, with depressing consistency, Nigeria is declared the most corrupt state in the entire world. Though Nigeria is a nation into which billions of dollars of oil money flow, its per capita income has fallen dramatically in the past two decades. Military coup follows military coup. A bellwether for Africa, it is a country of rising ethnic tensions and falling standards of living, very possibly on the verge of utter collapse — a collapse that could dramatically overshadow even the massacres in Rwanda.A brilliant piece of reportage and travel writing, This House Has Fallenlooks into the Nigerian abyss and comes away with insight, profound conclusions, and even some hope. Updated with a new preface by the author.

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  • The Making of an African Legend: The Biafra Story By Frederick Forsyth ()
    This is the book which marked Frederick Forsyth's transition from journalist to author. A record of one of the most brutal conflicts the Third World has ever suffered, it has become a classic of modern war reporting. But it is more than that. It voices one man's outrage not only at the extremes of human violence, but also at the duplicity and self-interest of the Western Governments - most notably, the British, who tacitly accepted or actively aided that violence.
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  • The Nigerian Revolution and the Biafran War By A Madiebo ()
    A retired general of the Biafran Army presents a post-mortem account of the events of the Nigerian civil war, 1966-70. He attempts to explain dispassionately why army officers toppled the civil government in the cause of stability, and the considerable civilian support they received; and the ensuing riots and counter-coup, in the name of reunification, which led to a civil war claiming some three million lives. He presents eye-witness accounts, and from an insider-perspective tells the story of how and why the Biafrans fought the war for almost three years under blockade and in isolation from the outside world, aiming to rectify much perceived misinformation about the war published outside Africa.
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