General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is dead

General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is dead—and, with him dies a small piece of the history that shaped The Possibility of Lions.

The General and I go way back. Ojukwu, then a young Igbo military officer, was the governor of Nigeria’s eastern province where I was born and spent the first years of my life. In 1966, while I was growing up in the secure oil company compound where my family lived, the rest of the country was plunged into turmoil by a series of coups and counter-coups among military factions.They culminated in vicious pogroms against Igbo officers and civilians in the north of the country—genocidal atrocities movingly evoked in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Read more:

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