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It has been said that Nigeria's Civil War (or the Biafran War), which was fought between 1967 - 1970, spawned a large body of literature in Nigeria. In a post I did last year, I briefly mentioned this when I listed Elechi Amadi's Sunset in Biafra (1973), Chukuemeka Ike’s Sunset at Dawn (1976), and Flora Nwapa’s Never Again (1976). I won't be going into the themes and sub-themes these texts explore - although, if you want more detail read this excellent article on The Nigerian Civil War and the Literary Imagination. As usual this is not an exhaustive list, but if you're interested in finding out more about Nigeria's civil war, here's a look at some of the literary works over the last four decades that have been inspired by the war and its aftermath.