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“We Hid in Other People’s Homes” :A Biafra War Experience

It’s the 15th of August,I got to Benin City at 1:36 p.m,the journey was exhausting,travelling from Lagos to Benin is not easy. But I had no choice because I would have to write my post-utme exam in less than 72 hours at the University of Benin. On the way I was already calculating how much transport I would spend to and fro,and if I would have any extra left. I knew that it would cost me 50 Naira from the Oba Market to Ugbowo campus,so that means my total transport fare on the day of my exam would cost less than 200 Naira.

A day after my exams,I decided to read Chimamanda Adichie’s Half if a Yellow Sun. It was a gift from my uncle,who is a book lover. I didn’t know this book would challenge me to question my country,I had wondered how we would all be living if the Biafra Republic had lived on. I realised that when reading this book,one has to pick a side,the Biafrans,or the Militants. The cruel treatment towards the Igbo people was like a thorn in my foot. I couldn’t believe it was real,until I asked my grandma..

“Granmama,can you tell me about the civil war?” I had asked.

Hesitantly;”Hmmm,I dont like remembering those kind of things..” Grandmama replied.

I was still able to convince my grandmother to tell me her experience during the civil war.

My grandmother told me about a pregnant Igbo woman she hid in her house. They killed the Igbo woman’s husband. She also told me that it was a terrible experience,that most of the Igbo people in Benin had nowhere to go,they had to hide in people’s homes.

The Nigerian Civil War (also known as the Biafran War and the Nigerian-Biafran War) was a a civil war in Nigeria fought between the government of Nigeria and state  of Biafra from 6 July 1967 to 15 January 1970. During the war,thousands of people list their lives,most people lost their livelihood,and some died off starvation.

50 years after the war, Nigerians still struggle with the memories of the war. I wrote this because,I feel the loss of the Igbo people.

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