A Voice for Biafran Stories

Posted: September 29, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie helped open the 8th annual Fall for the Book festival on Wednesday with a discussion about her second novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun.” In the novel, she tells the story of Biafra through the eyes of several narrators, including a 13-year-old houseboy who survives conscription into the Biafran army. “I didn’t want to write a preachy book,” she said. “I didn’t want this to be instructive. There are history books for that. I wanted to write a character-based book” in which these political events were a backdrop. Although Adichie, 29, hadn’t been born when the Nigerian-Biafur war was taking place, she lost both grandfathers during the conflict, and it has had a tremendous impact on her family. She encouraged others to share their memories of Biafra on her web site, www.halfofayellowsun.com.
Photo by Evan Cantwell

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