Separatists or terrorists? Jews or Nigerians?
Media and cyber discourses on the complex identity of the “Biafrans”
This study adopts a discourse analytical approach to examine the contested identity of the Igbos of the southeast of Nigeria. It analyses the significance of the social and political discourses in the media and the Internet about their claim to the Jewish ancestry and as “Biafrans” rather than Nigerians. The study highlights the implications of these claims and their larger political implications for Nigeria. The study also shows that ideological construction of group identity by IPOB consistently portrays them as the victim and the marginalized. And their claim to Jewish ancestry is possibly a way of seeking foreign support.
Keywords: identity, identity construction, Biafra, independence, IPOB, discourse, Jews, Nigeria
Published online: 10 February 2020
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