Faculty Research at Morehead State University


It's a Woman's War: Engendering Conflict in Buchi Emecheta's Destination Biafra


Ann Marie Adams

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Winter 2001


The Nigerian Civil War has been analyzed and contextualized from numerous historical perspectives. African (Nigerian and non-Nigerian alike) as well as Western scholars have attempted to assess the effects of this brutal struggle. Whether it is C. Odumegwu Ojukwu himself laying out his plea to the world in Biafra or liberal scholars such as Auberon Waugh and Suzanne Cronjé highlighting the hidden and not so hidden role of Britain in the “internal” conflict, the war has been written and rewritten from sundry ideological perspectives. Yet it is also clear that this phenomenon is not the sole prerogative of political scientists, historians or military warfare experts; numerous authors have creatively reenacted the war, often minutely chronicling the various offenses and battles.