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There was a country : a personal history of Biafra
Chinua Achebe
Adult Nonfiction PR9387.9.A3 Z46 2012

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ContentsPage
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 -
Pioneers of a New Frontierp. 7
The Magical Yearsp. 8
Primary Exposurep. 15
Leaving Homep. 17
The Formative Years at Umuahia and Ibadanp. 19
The Umuahia Experiencep. 21
The Ibadan Experiencep. 28
Meeting Christie and Her Familyp. 30
Discovering Things Fall Apartp. 33
A Lucky Generationp. 39
The March to Independencep. 40
The Cradle of Nigerian Nationalismp. 43
Post-Independence Nigeriap. 48
The Declinep. 51
The Role of the Writer in Africap. 52
1966 (poem)p. 62
January 15, 1966, Coupp. 63
The Dark Daysp. 65
Benin Road (poem)p. 73
A History of Ethnic Tension and Resentmentp. 74
The Armyp. 78
Countercoup and Assassinationp. 80
The Pogromsp. 82
Penalty of Godhead (poem)p. 84
The Aburi Accordp. 85
Generation Gap (poem)p. 90
The Nightmare Beginsp. 91
Part 2 -
The Nigeria-Biafra Warp. 95
The Biafran Positionp. 95
The Nigerian Argumentp. 96
The Role of the Organization of African Unityp. 96
The Triangle Game: The UK, France, and the United Statesp. 99
The Writers and Intellectualsp. 105
The War and the Nigerian Intellectualp. 108
The Life and Work of Christopher Okigbop. 114
The Major Nigerian Actors in the Conflict: Ojukwu and Gowonp. 118
The Aristocratp. 118
The Gentleman Generalp. 120
The First Shot (poem)p. 127
The Biafran Invasion of the Mid-Westp. 128
Gowon Regroupsp. 132
The Asaba Massacrep. 133
Biafran Repercussionsp. 135
Blood, Blood, Everywherep. 136
The Calabar Massacrep. 137
Biafra, 1969 (poem)p. 141
The Republic of Biafrap. 143
The Intellectual Foundation of a New Nationp. 143
The Biafran Statep. 149
The Biafran Flagp. 151
The Biafran National Anthemp. 151
The Militaryp. 153
Ogbunigwep. 156
Biafran Tanksp. 157
A Tiger Joins the Armyp. 158
Freedom Fightersp. 159
Traveling on Behalf of Biafrap. 160
Refugee Mother and Child (A Mother in a Refugee Camp) (poem)p. 168
Life in Biafrap. 169
The Abagana Ambushp. 173
Air Raid (poem)p. 175
The Citadel Pressp. 176
The Ifeajuna Manuscriptp. 178
Staying Alivep. 179
Death of the Poet: "Daddy, Don't Let Him Die!"p. 183
Mango Seedling (poem)p. 186
Refugeesp. 188
We Laughed at Him (poem)p. 196
The Media Warp. 199
Narrow Escapesp. 200
Vultures (poem)p. 204
Part 3 -
The Fight to the Finishp. 209
The Economic Blockade and Starvationp. 209
The Silence of the United Nationsp. 211
Azikiwe Withdraws Support for Biafrap. 215
The Recapture of Owerrip. 217
Biafra Takes an Oil Rig: "The Kwale Incident"p. 218
1970 and The Fallp. 222
The Question of Genocidep. 228
The Argumentsp. 229
The Case Against the Nigerian Governmentp. 233
Gowon Respondsp. 236
Part 4 -
Nigeria's Painful Transitions: A Reappraisalp. 243
Corruption and Indisciplinep. 249
State Failure and the Rise of Terrorismp. 250
State Resuscitation and Recoveryp. 251
After a War (poem)p. 254
Postscript: The Example of Nelson Mandelap. 257
Appendix: Brigadier Banjo's Broadcast to Mid-Westp. 259
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 321


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