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REMEMBERING BIAFRA: Public History for Community Empowerment

21 Jan 2020

10am-4.30pm, Saturday 25 January 2020 at the Manchester Central Library


January 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970).

The Nigerian civil war invites profound questions on issues like the legacies of British colonialism, the challenges of peaceful ethnic co-existence, mass starvation and humanitarianism, and the influence of foreign powers on African politics. This event brings together academics, film-makers and local communities to explore the contested history and legacies of this controversial and poorly understood page in 20th century history.


10.00-11.30am Biafra, literature and visual arts

11.45am-13.45pm Documentary: ‘In The Shadow of Biafra’- trailer here:

The screening will be introduced by the documentary’s director and producer, and followed by a Q&A session.

Poetry reading

15.30-16.30pm General discussion

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have any further questions, please contact