The day the Biafran war came to my village
16 January 2014 Last updated at 02:43 GMT
Ben Okafor was just 12 years old when Biafra in south-eastern Nigeria declared independence, sparking a bloody civil war.
The conflict lasted two and a half years and left more than a million people dead.
Okafor, now a successful reggae musician living in the UK, witnessed the moment when the war came to his village in May 1967.
Witness is a World Service radio programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.
Produced by Alex Last and Directed by Claire Tailyour