Biafra

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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
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Biafrans 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 independence movement.
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."
'As Biafrans 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.