The Caged Bird Sang No More: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970

The Caged Bird Sang No More is late Major Philip Efiong memoirs on his personal Biafra Odyssey from 1966 to 1970.
Efiong, Philip
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Title: The Caged Bird Sang No More
Subtitle: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970
Author: Philip Efiong
Genre: War memoirs
Publisher: 30° South Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Pinetown, South Africa 2016
ISBN 9781928211808 / ISBN 978-1-928211-80-8
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 352 pages, 50 b/w photos, 3 maps


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About: The Caged Bird Sang No More: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970

The Caged Bird Sang No More: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970 is a book about Nigeria's first ten years as an independent country, presenting the terrible experiences of that turbulent period as a learning tool to help create a better future. The author, the late Obong Philip Efiong, a senior military officer during this era and later a chief witnessed the events leading to the civil war, notably the coups of 1966 and the declaration of secession by the government of Eastern Nigeria. Obong Efiong moved from Lagos to Enugu in 1967 as part of the unfolding crisis and was later to become one of the officers who had to defend the newly created country of Biafra.

The bitter war lasted for thirty months and our author's remarkable destiny involved having to sign the surrender instrument on January 15 1970. Obong Efiong's strong credentials as one of the few senior Nigerian officers in the 1960s, lend credibility to this book. He pioneered the establishment of the Nigerian command structure, served as a brigade commander in Nigeria, occupied the No. 2 position in the Biafran administration; led the team that surrendered to the federal government in 1970, and lived to see the political and economic changes that took place after the civil war.

The author of The Caged Bird Sang No More: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970 writes as a military officer, political officer, administrator, war strategist; peace activist, traditional ruler, patriot and visionary. He notes that motivations for writing about the war are varied: some write for money, some to present their own 'facts', and others to justify their actions. His own passion lies in deriving useful lessons from the war and he believes that the politics of ethnic rivalry could cause another civil war. His disappointment in post-civil war events shape the conclusion of this book and he closes by highlighting some important lessons.

Content: The Caged Bird Sang No More: My Biafra Odyssey 1966-1970

Commonly Used Abbreviations
Other Acronyms and Terms
Nigeria's First Coup D'etat
Critical Analysis of the 15 January 1966 Coup D'etat
Ironsi's Regime. First 100 Days
Betrayal at Supreme Headquarters
Life in Kaduna: 29 June - 29 July 1966
The 29 July 1966 Crisis and After
Other Aspects and Impacts of the Pre-War Crises
The Aburi Meeting and Its Aftermath
The Republic of Biafra: the Declaration and Start of War
The Mid-West Misadventure and Subsequent Developments
The War Highlights: Casualties, Consequences, and Follow-Up Efforts
The Quest for Peace
Some Events and their Military and Diplomatic Implications
The Collapse of Biafra: A Consideration of Factors
The Last Days of the War
The End of the Road
Chronology of Events
Appendix I: Original Copy of Surrender Instrument
Appendix II: Board of Inquiry Report
Appendix III: Excerpts from Original Copy of Memo to Gowon
Appendix IV: Gowon's Broadcast after the Formal Surrender of Biafra
Appendix V: Ahiara Declaration
Appendix VI: Special Notes on Diplomatic Protocols
About the Author Philip Efiong

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