War, plays a role as one of the major defining historical experience of West African people. It is a situation of armed conflict between societies, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties. West Africa has experienced many conflicts between countries and states, one of which is the Nigerian Civil War also known as the Biafra war that lasted for 3 years. The war flared up as a result of the fight against the secession of Biafra from Nigeria, which saw the persecution of the Igbo indigenes living in the northern part of the country.
Africa is a hub for creative minds and many talented individuals that define the richness of the African culture through their works. Music, fashion, food, and art have remained a valuable form of showcasing to the world the beautiful culture of many regions in Africa, especially in West Africa region. Art is the most common way artist use to depict past historical events like war and slave trade. El Anatsui describes art as a replica of life. One of the text studied in the course, shows the creativity of El Anatsui, a Ghanaian born visual artist and the process of putting his art works together. This paper works to show how war defines the major historical experience of people in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria as portrayed in the film Half of a Yellow Sun and the creativity in the region as seen in the Art of El Anatsui.
The Nigeria–Biafra war that lasted for 3 years, between 1967 and 1970 was talked about all around the world, above all for the major famine caused by federal military government, (FMG) and the mass killi...
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...ory Coast to seek asylum. The Art of El Anatsui showcase the creativity of Africans and how they can use their resources to create mind-blowing art. In making his art, he uses different material collection, mostly recycled waste like, wine caps and soda cap and turned these items into beautiful pieces.
Also, at the end of the docu-film on El Anatsui’s art, he is quoted as saying ‘’I want my art to exhibit mystery’’, (48:00).
Heerten, Lasse, and A. Dirk Moses. "The Nigeria–Biafra War: Postcolonial Conflict and the Question of Genocide." Journal of Genocide Research 16.2-3 (2014): 169-203. Web. 1 Nov. 2015
Toni Pressley-Sanon. "Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui by Susan Vogel (review)." African Studies Review 57.1 (2014): 252-253. Project MUSE. Web. 2 Nov. 2015. .
Susan Vogel, dir. Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui. 2011
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