Category: Nigerian history

Dr. Samuel Fury Childs Daly on the sources of Biafran History

Guest post by Samuel Fury Childs Daly, Rutgers University. In recent years, historians have begun to revisit a set of questions that Nigerian politicians and intellectuals first posed in the aftermath of Biafra’s defeat. What internal tensions and fault lines had led Nigeria to war? How could the violence of the conflict be...

Dr. Olufemi Vaughan on the importance of history

Interview by Victoria Avis. Dr. Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History at Bowdoin College, former public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center – and recently appointed Henry Steele Commager Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College --- has a passion: encouraging serious interdisciplinary...

Scholarship by our speakers

Some of our blog posts in the coming weeks will feature discussions of scholarship by the conference speakers and/or interviews with them. This week we look at Brian McNeil's “’And starvation is the grim reaper:’ the American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive and the genocide question during the Nigeria civil war, 1968-70,”...

Bight of Biafra, 1841
The Politics of Memory

The April 20-21 “Remembering Biafra” conference will explore the history, memory, and legacy of the Nigeria-Biafra war from a variety of different perspectives, varying in their methods and in their political perspectives. "Half of a Yellow Sun", First Edition When Chimamanda Adichie first published Half of a Yellow Sun (2006),...