We must always stand on their shoulders and start from where they stopped. MAP of NIGERIA – This is Why we Fight and the More Reason, WHY WE MUST WIN! Our values and social norm became discolored because thieves were made to rule over us while men and women of integrity scurry and seek the paths of least resistance. Understanding the Philosophy of the Biafran Struggle for Independence. Early modern maps of Africa from the 15th–19th centuries, drawn by European cartographers from accounts written by explorers and travellers, reveal some interesting information about Biafra:. I said these discoveries are recent because they are just being discovered by African scholars especially those of Biafran descent. The Igbo therefore, must learn to depend on their selves. Biafra is more of pan-African and global in scope than the small south-eastern Nigerian kingdom that we commonly take it to be. Biafra has been in existence before the Greece, Before the United Kingdom and even before the Roman Empire. The name, Biafra, has existed before the advent of the Europeans to Africa. In the old map many natural Biafran geographies were excluded such as Biafra lands on the west bank of the Niger. Odenigbo Aka-Ikenga: Issues .Events .Historicals .News .Facts .Arts .Crafts .Culture .Tradition But I wonder how many of us have contemplated what the map of the new Biafra will look like. We cannot wrap up Igbo future with those of other people as it is. Maps indicating the word Biafara (sometimes also Biafares or Biafar) with corresponding year: 1662; 1660; 1707; 1729; Maps from the 19th century indicating Biafra as the region around today's Cameroon: 1843; Additional maps from the Michigan State University Map Collection References ^ Or France and Belgium merged, or even Britain and France amalgamated into one country. But the truth is that we cannot dwell in the past and reminisce for eternity the exploits and accomplishments of generations past. The Sole-Igbo target narrative that was sold to the non-Igbo peoples of Eastern Region is that they were never intended to be part of the 1966 Pogrom and subsequent genocidal war. No tales survive of the kings and queens. With Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB I stand both in truth and in spirit, if I die I die for the glory of Biafra. The generation that will confront these problems will be worse off and will have to continue wasting energy and resources and opportunities they should have used to advance on trying to fine tune mediocrity-inducing quota system models and federal character appeasement compromises. The story of the fight became the “holy” mission to liberate or save non-Igbo ethnic peoples of Eastern Region from the Igbo who wanted to lord it over them and steal their God-given resources from them. It is a fast spreading and…, +20 HELP PROMOTE THIS CLASS BY JOINING OUR COMMUNITY HERE This world is filled with…. However, permit me to point out that it’s an understatement to say that Biafra predated the colonial period by 400 years. No map that we present to the world should be based on assumptions. The old Biafra was a child of circumstance which was thrust on the people by the exigencies of events and emergencies of their time. Igbo leaders agitating for the actualisation of the state of Biafra have revealed their admission as mem­bers of the Economic, So­cial and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) General Assembly of the African Union (AU). View detailed information and reviews for 1660 Juniper Dr in Venice, Florida and get driving directions with road conditions and live traffic updates along the way. “Shall a nation be born at once? When the 1966 Pogrom took place, the other ethnic peoples as well as Igbo people of the old Eastern Region were affected. It is in this spirit of “modernity” that some people have argued that the Igbo should remain in Nigeria because Igbo economy is bigger than Igbo geography. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. But we must acknowledge that these people performed so creditably well that some of us today have always wondered how they were able to do what they did with the little that they had. In Nigeria excellence and best practice are not just discouraged, they are punished and sacrificed at the altar of federal character and quota system. 00 We are in a moment of time where humanity feels that it has…, 0-1 The world is changing fast. Most of us are familiar with the Biafra map of between May 30, 1967 and January 15, 1970 (the old Biafra.) But i promise, I will rise some day to put Biafra were it belongs. Such atmosphere is only possible in a society where you don’t have to compromise everything including quality, so that “no child will be left behind.” It needs to be made clear here that we are not talking about an exclusive and closeted Biafra, no. We are all familiar with this story but I am only retelling it as a reminder and to serve as a guide in our current decisions. AND WE MUST GET IT BACK! I want Biafra to develop as fast as possible, ulike stagnate Nigeria who calls themselves a republic, yet nothing seems to move forward. The real custodians of the people’s traditional heritage and customs shunned those negative strange and disruptive emptiness. My dreams is that one day i will be crown king of THE kingdom of Biafra, like its European counterpart. It was the same with the Israeli Diaspora when in 1897 Theodor Hertzl rose to fight for the creation of a state of Israel in Palestine. As for the "Republic of Biafra" we know a great deal. The division further helped in the success of the siege and Awolowo’s starvation weapon policy. And the truth is that this generation cannot expect to win and do great things if the best and the brightest of the people continue to shy away from this task of securing freedom and a homeland for the Igbo (an endangered ethnic and religious people) in Nigeria. They had to Isolate the Igbo in the fight and once that was done it became a divided rank from within. In tragedy, because the best of the people came together to work for the common good and for the honor of Fatherland, Biafra became a success and a pride that today fifty years after, continues to elicit memorable and nostalgic feelings. We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. Amongst the Igbo they think that once a child is out from its mother’s womb, it is now on its “own.” So, it is expected that the Igbo can at least try, and hopefully they may make it, if they tried hard enough. These cries will in turn serve as cogs in the wheel of the new nation. We Must Not Fear The Darkness – There Is Light Within, Trump The Peace Maker: Morocco Signs Full Normalization Deal With Israel. Learn how your comment data is processed. Its territory consisted of the Eastern Region of Nigeria. In Igbo society today, there are more chiefs than the Igbo as the greatest struggle has become who will go by the biggest sounding titles. It should be noted that Biafra as a Nation (Kingdom), has been in existence for over 5000 Years. If this is allowed to happen, we will be back to where we started from; a new Nigeria-Biafra. Ikpa oke ani, that is mapping out the boundaries and ownership of lands, is an important function in Igbo society. The Kingdom was then spelt as “Biafara”. The old Biafra was the only option and the best option available to the people. It was from these three kingdoms that Nigeria was created in 1914. This is even as they stated that notable Igbo leaders were still in court with the Federal Government of Nigeria over rights to self-deter­mination. We are resolute….SHALOM, The kingdom of biafra must be restored at all costs. In the meanwhile, the more sensible thing to do is for the Igbo to go it alone now and in one-hundred-year time, the neighbors would have seen how we conduct our businesses and the way we run our society. For the sake of emphasis; has anyone wondered why don’t the Israelis merge their state with Lebanon or any of their other Arab neighbors so they can be big and heterogeneous. Great and successful societies will always be the result of the harmonized social and cultural structure of the human composition of the place. Igbo alone has a population of about 50 million. As we round up this discussion it is important to remind us that whatever map that we finally come up with must be practical, realistic and defensible. Home POLITICS BIAFRA – The live-wire of African History – 1st republic African leader. As a reminants of Biafra, we are saying that Biafra as a Country is over due, now that Nigeria’s 100 year amalgamation has EXPIRED 1914-2013, therefore… WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK! Biafra is not the invention of any of the European countries. Date Created: 1702 - 1707 (Approximate) Place: London Library locations Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division Shelf locator: Map Div. Democracy is a game of numbers and because the Igbo will have more number it would appear like the Igbo are taking up every available opportunity. The voting pattern of 2015 Presidential election notwithstanding. It was under such all-inclusive affectation of the affliction that led the advocates for the then Biafra to campaign for the independence and self-determination of all the affected parties. One hundred years ago, the fad then was the amalgamation of incongruent peoples and societies with the assumption that “we the colonialists make the decisions for them and they (the natives) will never know the difference.” However, the practical thing which I think will still be relevant in the next one hundred years is that in Africa, there can be Luxemburgs and Vaticans, and Africa will be better off and more prosperous as it is in Europe than if Austria and Germany had been made into one country. Then it was easy for the British to tell Nigerians to create autonomous states for the non-Igbo peoples as guarantee and assurance that the intention of the war was to save them from Igbo domination and marginalization; hence the twelve states were announced by the Nigerian leadership. That’s why many of our compatriots have no motivation to partake in the struggle; they associate the Biafran struggle with one such evil winds that sometimes blow in history but soon fizzle away into nothingness. The other truth which we cannot escape from indefinitely is the fact that there has not been some adequately publicized moves with concrete terms of reference, carried out to produce memorandums of understanding with these other groups. 0. Political background prior to 1707 1603–1660. And this is historically and literally true. Unfortunately, fifty years after, this story has persisted and it’s not going away anytime soon. Ambazonia Then there was only one governor for the entire region which happened to be Emeka Ojukwu. Prior to 1603, England and Scotland were separate kingdoms; as Elizabeth I never married, after 1567, her heir became the Stuart king of Scotland, James VI, who was brought up as a Protestant.After her death, the two Crowns were held in personal union by James, as James I of England, and James VI of Scotland. But I wonder how many of us have contemplated what the map of the new Biafra will look like. Maps indicating the word Biafara (sometimes also Biafares or Biafar) with corresponding year: 1584 1644 1660 1662 1707 1729 1737 1805 1858 1871 Maps from the 19th century indicating Biafra as the region around today's Cameroon: 1843 1880 1890 Additional maps from the Michigan State University Map … Who knows, we may be about to create a new Nigeria-Biafra. 2 – FULL RADIOBIAFRA BROADCAST. Bandera de Biafra: Himne: Land of the Rising Sun (en): Localització 6° 27′ N, 7° 30′ E  /  6.45°N, 7.5°E  / However, now we are being given a second chance and we may be recklessly driving along the same road which the colonialists traveled. Should the Igbo go it alone, it is guaranteed that they will not be the smallest nation on Earth and even if they were, what difference will it make. It was based on this rejection that the society which we inherited, is an Igbo society which had been turned on its head, standing shamefacedly in the midst of ill-gotten strange and unfamiliar ways. I recommend those two books: “”They Lived Before Adam” and “Ado-na-Idu History of Igbo Origin” because, as the Bible would have it, “My people are perishing for lack of knowledge.” Many countries around the world, in Africa and our Nigerian neighbours have great detailed knowledge about the pre-historic esoteric origin of Biafra; the Biafrans alone do not know much about their past. 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