A Class Act: Intellectuals and the Nigeria-Biafra War


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships


Liberal Arts


“A Class Act” examines the Nigeria-Biafra War literature in a new light. It offers an alternative understanding to popular and conventional accounts of the war. The project’s point of departure is an examination of how intellectuals have shaped narratives of nationhood, identity, and citizenship in the post-war reconfiguration of the Nigerian state. It demonstrates how intellectuals on opposing sides of the Nigeria-Biafra War have engaged in a continuous repositioning of facts and events in order to generate specific narratives. Featuring an array of archival materials, key interviews and opinions, newspapers and primary documents, the research lays out a new interdisciplinary agenda for understanding the intersection between class, memory and national identity in contemporary Nigeria.