Professor Wole Soyinka has explained that people misunderstood him when he said “you can never defeat Biafra”, noting that it was simplistic to think he was referring to the battlefield.
The Nobel laureate made the clarification in an interview on Channels TV, while responding to a question on the Civil War, agitators and history.
According to Soyinka, he “was very desperate for that (the war) not to happen. First, I thought it was a wrong war. No war is right, but this one was particularly bad.”
On his misunderstood comment on Biafra, the legendary dramatist and activist said: “The Igbo, no question at all, underwent the experience of genocide.
“The memory of such traumatising experience congeals, especially towards their immediacy but it can burst out again any other time.