Biafra Day: I ate lizards during civil war – Charly Boy recounts experience

Nigerian musician and media personality, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has reflected on the painful memories of the Nigerian civil war (Biafran War).

Charly Boy took to his official Twitter page on May 30 to commemorate Biafran Day and informed his followers that the war scandalized his youth.

He revealed that he ate lizards to get protein and noted that “luck” kept him alive. He also recalled seeing lifeless bodies around him, mostly deaths from starvation.

The 73-year-old activist lamented the harsh reality of the post-war era for the Easterners while praising the resilient spirit of the Igbos that saw them bounce back after the war.

He wrote; “30th May. Biafran Day. The Nigerian Civil War (67-70) scandalized my Youth. As a teenager, it was mother luck that kept some of us alive. I saw far too many dead bodies everywhere, mostly from starvation.

“Everyday was like one’s last. Even with some food relief from The Red Cross, some of us ate Lizards as our protein. It was hell. I will Never forget.

“By the time the war was over, our eastern Igbo brothers were all given £20 to rebuild their lives regardless of how many Billions they had before the war.

“Lessons Learnt: Life is about navigating through hardships, bouncing back from setbacks, and maintaining a positive outlook no matter the circumstances. Resilience refers to the ability to use personal, dogged qualities to withstand pressure. That our Igbo brothers have in abundance. Hail Biafra.”

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