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Sunset in Biafra

Elechi Amadi

Sunset in Biafra is a non-fiction work by Elechi Amadi and provides a personal account of his experiences during the Nigerian- Biafran War which occurred from 1967 to 1970. The book is a reflection on the events, the impact of the war on individuals and communities, and the broader socio-political context of the conflict. His narrative offers insights into the human side of war, documenting the struggles, tragedies, and complexities faced by ordinary people during this turbulent period in Nigerian history.

About the Author

Elechi Amadi (1934–2016) was a Nigerian author and scholar celebrated for his significant contributions to African literature. Best known for his historical trilogy; The Concubine, The Great Ponds and The Slave, he achieved acclaim for his compelling storytelling and vivid depictions of traditional life in Nigerian Villages.

A trained engineer, he studied physics and mathematics at Government College, Umuahia, and the University of Ibadan. He later served in the Nigerian army, taught, and worked for the Ministry of Information.

Sunset in Biafra is his only work of nonfiction and recounts his experiences as a soldier and civilian during the Biafran conflict.


“After the Biafra war, I was traumatised. I had nightmares and the only way I could think of was to write about it [my experiences in the frontline].... After I published something on Biafra, I found peace. It was catharsis for me.”

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