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Title:'Enyimba enyi': the comeback of Igbo nationalism in Nigeria
Author:Omeje, KennethISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Nigeria
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240500467138
Abstract:Thirty-five years since the end of the Biafran War in Nigeria, new Igbo nationalist movements advocate a revival of the Biafran project. While these Igbo groups generally do not advocate violence, they can offer very radical rhetoric that draws on the hopes and the experiences of the lost Biafran War of secession, as well as on older Igbo war songs: the 'enyimba enyi' spirit. Unlike the Igbo nationalism that culminated in the Biafran revolt, which had substantial consensus among the Igbo population throughout Nigeria, the present reinvention of Igbo nationalism is mostly championed by a motley collection of Igbo civil groups based at home and in the diaspora. At the domestic front, the radical Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), is most dominant. This briefing reports on the revival of Igbo nationalism in Nigeria, including the problems and challenges it presents. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]