Biafrans: When They Feel They Are On A Righteous Cause, It Is Difficult To Defeat Them, Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, a renowned Nigerian playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist in the English language, offered a profound perspective on the quest for independence and identity, particularly within the context of Biafra

. Soyinka emphasized the unwavering determination and resilience of a people when they believe in the righteousness of their cause. He noted the formidable challenge of trying to quash such resolve as the underlying issues persist even after temporary military setbacks. He stresses that the motivations behind people asserting their identity and autonomy cannot be easily subdued through military actions alone.

As per Punch, Soyinka said, “The first thing I have to say as I said at that time – which got me into serious trouble – is that you cannot defeat Biafra. People took a merely simplistic approach to understanding that. They felt I was talking about the battlefield.

When the people are determined, they are willing to sacrifice anything to preserve their identity. When they feel they are on a righteous cause, it is difficult to defeat them. If there is any military defeat, it is only temporary. The real issues remain unsolved….See More

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