The Legacies of Biafra exhibition was formally opened at the Brunei gallery, SOAS on Wednesday January 11th. The exhibition which will run until 24 March 2018, focuses on Nigerian artists’ creative responses to the civil conflict of 1967-1970, which is believed to have been responsible for the death of at least 2 million people.
The exhibition, curated by Louisa Egbunike in association with the Nigeria Arts Society UK (NASUK) and the Igbo Conference, foregrounded works from sixteen major figures from the Nigerian art world such as Chike Azuonye, Hassan Aliyu, Ade Ogundimi…
Buchi Emecheta who wrote Destination Biafra in 1982 – the first female oriented account of the civil war – was also featured at the exhibition. On display in a triptych of panels and display cases were personal and historically important Biafra related documents and artefacts which Buchi Emecheta collected at the time, and which have recently been discovered in her archive.
The day-long Celebrating Buchi Emecheta event taking place on 3 February 3rd at the Brunei Gallery, will include a series of guided guided tours through the exhibition space. bit.ly/CelebrateBuchiEmecheta