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Explore legacies of Biafra in exhibition

PICTURED: Exodus - Memory of A Boy During Nigeria Biafra Nigeria Civil War, oil on canvas - by Chike Azuonye 2017

A NEW exhibition, which looks at the legacy of the Nigerian Civil War, has opened at the Brunei Gallery, which is part of SOAS University of London.

The multi-media exhibition features works predominantly from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK, which will be displayed alongside archival materials on the Biafra war, oral narratives and a selection of short films.

In an exploration of Britain and Biafra, the exhibition will showcase material from the personal archive of the late British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, which describes the experience of watching war unfold in her homeland through the lens of the international media.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war, it looks at the legacies of the British colonial divide-and-rule policy, global media coverage, ethnic tensions and distrust which contributed to the war.

The show explores the on-going impact of war locally and globally, considering how one of the first civil wars in post-independence Africa has influenced the perception of the continent internationally, as well as reshaping the social and political structures in Nigeria.

Admission is free and it’s open Tuesday to Saturday from now until March 24.

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