Biafra


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Biafra

1. a region of E Nigeria, formerly a local government region: seceded as an independent republic (1967--70) during the Civil War, but defeated by Nigerian government forces
2. Bight of. former name (until 1975) of (the Bight of) Bonny

Biafra

secessionist state of western Africa in which, during war with Nigeria, more than 1,000,000 people died of starvation (1968). [African Hist.: NCE, 290]
See: Hunger
References in periodicals archive ?
What: Spitfire '99 with Perry Farrell, Ice-T, Andy Dick, Exene Cervenka and Jello Biafra.
The prevalence of malaria, yellow fever, and other tropical diseases, coupled with active resistance by the Bubi, kept European intrusion to a minimum until 1827 when the British established a short-lived presence on the island as part of their efforts to suppress the slave trade in the Bight of Biafra.
Biafra claims that the poster depicted the dehumanization inherent in commercialized sex and consumer society, using people screwing each other in assembly-line fashion as a metaphor.
The latest bid to break away from Nigeria is being spearheaded by the relatively young British-Nigerian Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) pressure group.
Despite their plight, his wife says her husband will never give up his fight for Biafra to be independent.
The Civil War covers the period of 30 months (1967-1970) of confrontation between the secessionist eastern region, Republic of Biafra and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In autumn 2012, only a few months before he passed away, Chinua Achebe published his long-awaited account of the Nigerian Civil (or Biafran) War, There Was a Country: a personal history of Biafra.
As much as it annoyed him to do so, Biafra came clean, explaining the obvious (to him) fact that "Kill the Poor" was merely a sarcastic tirade.
His last book, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (New York: Penguin, 2012), has been controversial in Nigeria and has offended many groups and people on the opposite side--including me--during the war but he aired his views frankly.
Four-times married McCullin has covered war zones including Vietnam, the Gulf, Biafra, Beirut and the Congo.
Munich, Biafra, Bhopal and Aberfan have all in their time been subjects of extremely distasteful humour.
The same year magistrates hearing a theft allegation against Stephen Abadom were told he witnessed the horrors of the Biafra Civil War in Nigeria and had been flogged repeatedly by his father.