Biafra-Nigeriawar and history get fresh,
critical look from a survivor

May 1967-1999: After 32 years, are the lessons, pains of BIAFRA, really, too controversial to mention, or even debate? The bloody war in Nigeria (1967-1970) between the south-easterners (predominantly Igbos, Efiks, Ibibios, many others) and the overwhelming might of the rest of the country, backed by some international forces, including Britain, has since left many lingering and thorny issues. Over 1 million Biafrans and tens of thousands of other Nigerians died as direct casualties of the war.

In his soon-to-be published book aptly titled,
BIAFRA: History Without Mercy, Chido Nwangwu, Founder of USAfrica Digital Media Networks writes in the introduction that "there exists ample intellectual justification, abundant historical rationale, an abiding global conscience, and a fundamental pan-human challenge that we, the survivors of the Biafra-Nigeria war, provide an analytical bridge between those who fought and died, and the younger ones whose memories seem more like candles in the rain of lies, cover-ups and masked distortions unleashed by those who not only waged the war but insist on erasing all landmarks and shooting down all signposts of truth on their path.

It is, equally, owed the unborn, my unborn, to know the sacrifices which laid the path for his/her/theri future. For how will anyone know and understand the challenges of his future when his past remains a battered history without mercy? As for me, my unborn will know the pains of that war, especially the enduring sacrifices of their forebears, whenever they come.

Why, you ask? First, Never Again!

Second, Lest we forget.

Third, a contextual debate and insight should bring a reasonable healing to the hurt and genocide against Igbos and their Biafran folks, the shared decimation suffered by Nigerians and the lessons should not, and cannot be ignored my generation as we inch into the 21st century.

I've encountered a rag-tag army of ill-informed contortionists and constipating pseudo-intellectuals who not only insist that 'Biafra is too controversial to talk about' but disavow any knowledge of how to spell the defunct Land of the Rising Sun. No matter; Lies have short legs...."

Until the publication of Chido Nwangwu's book, this period which remarks the declaration of the failed Biafra, we publish in another exclusive commentary on the issue by our editorial board member James Okorafor, with contributions by Mr. Nwangwu.
Additional commentaries are
by Alverna Johnson and Vivian Okeke.
Pix /Life/USAfricaonlinecolor /May 25, 1999

Chido Nwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), is Founder and Publisher of (first African-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet), USAfrica The Newspaper, and The Black Business Journal. He also serves as an adviser to the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC news affiliates.

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These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
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