The Nigerian civil War (Biafra War) 1967-1970.
The Nigerian Civil War took place in Nigerian after the country gained independence from Britain. It was a 3 year war that was bloody and claimed the lives of over a million people. Nigeria is made up of 3 dominating tribes, Igbos in the Southeast, Yoruba in the west and Hausas up north. The Igbos following the independence feared that splitting the country was a way to disintegrate the country, and as such organized a coup. The Hausas up north were against the independence from Britain while the Yorubas were in support of the Hausas. War ensued between the Igbos and team comprising of the Hausas and the yorubas. The song clip shows visuals of events during the war and the group ‘The ikenga Brothers” put together this piece as a way to support their fellow Igbo brothers and those that were in support of the Biafran War. Below is a you tube link to listen and watch the clips from the War. This clip educates non Nigerians of the events, sorrow, blood shed and agony that the soldiers and civilians at the time experienced. The Ikenga brothers’ “Song at Sunset” sang in the Igbo dialect reflects the emotions and grief that was needed to be conveyed so they could better represent their course. The song is a cry for plea to stop the bloodshed, war and embrace unity and love amongst all 3 major tribes in Nigeria. Today, we still have the Hausas fighting the Yorubas in the west every now and then in the bid to claim supremacy and drive away Yorubas residing up north.