used Portugal and some of its colonies in Africa--Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome--as organizing centers and supply routes for arms and equipment.
It is becoming ever clearer that even 47 years after the end of the Biafran
war in Nigeria's southeast, the aspirations of the Igbo people, who lost their bid for secession as well as over a million lives, have not faded.
Mr Kanu is a leading member of one of several Biafran
separatist organisations, the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
JCA officials recognized that Biafrans
had the ability to sustain themselves through local agricultural production, and they supported this by providing local farmers with seeds.
The war caused heavy casualties on both sides with large numbers of Biafran
civilians dying from starvation and disease.
The book begins when he arrives from the country as a thirteen year old to be the "houseboy" of Odenigbo, a math professor and armchair revolutionary at University of Nigeria at Nsukka, the intellectual center of the Biafran
A million Biafrans
? Canadian parliamentarians thought it was genocidal, journalists saw it all, so did Christian aid workers.
Ojukwu is gone in the flesh, but his fears concerning Biafrans
selling one another for lucre has not been mowed.'
He explains that he has included his recollections of "coming of age in an earlier and, in some respects, more innocent time", in order to give context to later events, such as the Biafran
War, and to be open "about some of the sources of my own perceptions".
"The federal forces have an advantage of more than 100 to one in firepower, but the Biafrans
have the advantage of a morale, which comes from a people who believe they are fighting for survival and basic freedom."
are celebrating the May 30th Remembrance day, the Federal Government has the opportunity and visible channel to negotiate with the leadership of MASSOB and other Biafraagitators.
Olusegun Obasanjo, who received the instruments of surrender, has cited defeating the Biafrans
and maintaining Nigeria's territorial integrity as his outstanding contribution to the nation.