Legacies of Biafra: Marriage, ‘Home People’ and Reproduction Among the Igbo of Nigeria

  title={Legacies of Biafra: Marriage, ‘Home People’ and Reproduction Among the Igbo of Nigeria},
  author={Daniel Jordan Smith},
  pages={30 - 45}
  • D. Smith
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • History
  • Africa
Abstract This article examines the ways in which the legacies and collective memories of Biafra, the secessionist state established at the time of Nigeria's civil war from 1967 to1970, shape contemporary Igbo practices and experiences of marriage, rural–urban ties and reproduction. The importance of appropriate and permanent marriage and the perceived necessity of dependable affinal relations for contemporary Igbos are analysed in relation to recollections of marriage during the war. The… 

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