“The Nigerian Civil War is widely regarded as a watershed in Nigerian literary as well as political history.
Numerous important works of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction were directly inspired by the events of the war, though this inspiration is often so direct that the line between fiction & non-fiction is extremely unclear.”
“Why did I stay, I have often been asked. (…) I stayed because I had a firm conviction that marriage is meant for better or worse, not so that in bad times you can opt out of your responsibilities. Len felt that he could never face his people if he took the easy way out by leaving the country on his wife’s back. Our children too were very young.” (p.2)
Achebe’s Girls at War can be seen as the key to understand other texts, as its three short stories epitomise the war-torn Biafra and its struggles against poverty and annihilation, addiction and moral disintegration. Ofoegbu’s text paints a fresco that provides an illustration of those struggles, with individuals now embedded in the crowd.
Since then, “some of the most powerful aspects of Igbo culture and demography are reinforced through the production and circulation of collective memories of Biafra.” D.Jordan Smith, “Legacies of Biafra: marriage, ‘home people’ and reproduction among the Igbo of Nigeria” Africa 75(1) 2005: 30