Onuma Ezera collection of Eastern Nigerian (Biafran) materials Edit


MSS 240 large


  • 1960 – 1990 (Creation)


  • 8 Linear Feet (Whole)
    10 boxes

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Onuma Ezera Eastern Nigeria Collection, MSS 240, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Collected by Onuma Ezera, MSU Librarian.

  • Processing Information

    This collection of materials about the Biafran conflict and Eastern Nigeria was gathered and initially arranged by Onuma Ezera, Africana Bibliographer and Africana Librarian at Michigan State University, 1971-1997. This outline of its contents was prepared by Mary Mwiandi & Joseph Lauer in 2000-2001.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Onuma Uko was born in the village of Ohafia Bende, Nigeria, and educated first at mission schools. She received her B.A. from Bennett College (Greensboro, North Carolina) in 1958. In 1958, she married Kalu Ezera, a political scientist with a 1957 Oxford D.Phil. and a prominent figure in Nigerian and Biafran politics. After teaching history at St. Anne's Secondary School (Ibadan) and serving as principal at the University of Nigeria Primary School, Onuma Ezera joined the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. as a librarian in charge of Readers' Services, Circulation and Reference. She enrolled in 1967 in the masters program in librarianship at the University of Washington, earning her MLS. Her return home was interrupted by the worsening of the Biafran War, and her four sons joined her in East Lansing where she took a "temporary" job at Michigan State University, the institution that had helped set up the University of Nigeria. The tragic disappearance of her husband at the end of the Biafran War prolonged her stay at MSU where she had a distinguished career.

  • Scope and Contents

    In addition to a small amount of material relating to Onuma and Kalu Ezera, the Ezera collection includes documents on Nigeria and the Biafra War (1966-1968), and on the University of Nigeria at Nsukka which was established under the sponsorship of Michigan State University through its International Programs Advisory Group. The materials in the collection consist of pamphlets, news clippings, maps, speeches, photographs, postcards, newspapers and bulletins, unpublished papers, reports and posters.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Onuma Ezera collection of Biafran (Eastern Nigerian) materials.