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Nigeria’s Rainbow Book Club Hosts Discussion of Chinua Achebe’s There Was A Country

There Was A CountryThe Rainbow Book Club, which is part of the Rainbow Education for Advancement and Development Foundation, hosted a discussion of Chinua Achebe’s memoir, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra at the Le Méridien Ogeyi Place in Port Harcourt earlier this year.

The Garden City Literary Festival blog, The Voice, wrote up a report of the event, which included input from an ex-Biafran soldier. The report commented the book club members “were more concerned with the content than the delivery of it”, with some questioning whether it was wise to open old wounds and others who felt it was necessary to look at the Nigerian Civil War in light of recent killings by Boko Haram:

“I believe quite frankly this country is at war…” Wole Soyinka’s words at the unveiling of Port Harcourt as UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 during the 5th Garden City Literary Festival, re-echoed at the Rainbow Book Club’s January Reading of Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country. The reading which held Friday 25th January at the poolside of Le Meridien, Ogeyi Place, Port Harcourt, was explosive! While Professor Soyinka made his comments with reference to the killings of the ‘Aluu Four’ last year, the sentiments at the reading were from 1967-1970, the years of the Nigerian Civil War.

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