Watch snippet of Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter" (Video)

Nigerian civil war movie “The Encounter”
On May 30th 1967, the Eastern Region of Nigeria seceded from the country. The declaration of the independent Republic of Biafra, announced by the then Governor of Nigeria’s Eastern Region Lieutenant Colonel Chukwuemeka “Emeka” Odumegwu Ojukwu, was in response to the genocide in other parts of Nigeria, primarily the North, of people from the Eastern Region.

The secession led to a two and half year Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, during which an estimated two million people, primarily from Biafra, died.

“The Encounter” is a movie set in 1967 during the Biafran War, that focuses on the historic relationship between the Biafran leader, Oxford-educated Emeka Ojukwu, and one of the war’s major characters, Army Major and Commonwealth Games Gold medalist, Ibadan-educated Emmanuel Ifeajuna.

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On January 15th, 1966, Emmanuel Ifeajuna was one of the leaders of a failed coup to reform Nigeria. A year later, while fighting for the Biafran Republic, Ifeajuna and three fellow officers were accused of plotting against Biafra.

In the movie, an imprisoned Ifeajuna is summoned by Ojukwu, for one last conversation, one last encounter, before Ifeajuna faces the death penalty, by firing squad, for allegedly betraying the Biafran cause.

“The Encounter” movie is based on the original short story “The Encounter” by historian, Henry Onyema. The movie is directed by Tolu Ajayi and produced by Ekeme Mekwunye.

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