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hate_Fakes 35M
4807 posts
1/12/2020 7:01 pm
50 Years Ago



After suffering through years of suppression Nigeria’s military government, the breakaway state of Biafra proclaims its independence from Nigeria.



In 1960, Nigeria gained independence from Britain. years later, the Muslim Hausas in northern Nigeria began massacring the Christian Igbos in the region, prompting tens of thousands of Igbos flee the east, where their people were the dominant ethnic . The Igbos doubted that Nigeria’s oppressive military government would allow them develop, or even survive, so on May 30, 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu and other non-Igbo representatives of the area established the Republic of Biafra, comprising several states of Nigeria.



After diplomatic efforts by Nigeria failed reunite the country, war between Nigeria and Biafra broke in July 1967. Ojukwu’s forces made some initial advances, but Nigeria’s superior military strength gradually reduced Biafran territory. The state lost its oil fields–its main source of revenue–and without the funds to import food, an estimated million of its civilians died as a result of severe malnutrition.



On January , 1970, Nigerian forces captured the provincial capital of Owerri, of the last Biafran strongholds. On January th General Ojukwu was forced flee the Ivory Coast unofficially ending the Nigerian Civil War. days later, deputy Philip Effiong surrendered Biafra Nigeria.



JD's family invested in Biafran aid in the war effort and food for the starving populous.



hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 7:03 pm

The Nigerian Army committed numerous atrocities during and after the war.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 7:05 pm

Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Odumegwu Ojukwu (4 November 1933 – 26 November 2011) was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970. He was active as a politician from 1983 to 2011, when he died aged 78.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 7:08 pm

Philip Efiong, 18 November 1925 – 6 November 2003) was the first Vice President and the second President of the now defunct Republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 7:10 pm

On January 15, 1970 at Dodan Barracks in Lagos, in the presence of General Gowon, Effiong announced the end of the Biafran conflict.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
4928 posts
1/12/2020 9:08 pm

That's a part of Africa history that I had forgotten. The conflict was going on while I was in university and later building my career. Thank you for bringing this tragedy back into the light.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 9:19 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    That's a part of Africa history that I had forgotten. The conflict was going on while I was in university and later building my career. Thank you for bringing this tragedy back into the light.
Even after 50 years there's still a degree of friction in Nigeria much like in the USA after our War Between the States.


SCBrooke 24M
2047 posts
1/12/2020 9:26 pm

I will admit it front and center.....my knowledge of anything Africa as for conflicts or nation building is near zero. One exception, when the Israeli's rescued the occupancy of that hijacked French airliner in Uganda. Saw a movie during a high school world history class. I know some now!!


SCBrooke 24M
2047 posts
1/12/2020 9:27 pm

I like their currency with the palm trees and all!


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 9:56 pm

    Quoting SCBrooke:
    I will admit it front and center.....my knowledge of anything Africa as for conflicts or nation building is near zero. One exception, when the Israeli's rescued the occupancy of that hijacked French airliner in Uganda. Saw a movie during a high school world history class. I know some now!!
Yep... Iddy Amin took a nosedive from power Yesterday back about 1985 if memory serves me correctly. African history is not my forte either... so many tinhorn dictators after the colonial leash pulled out.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/12/2020 9:58 pm

    Quoting SCBrooke:
    I like their currency with the palm trees and all!
There was a few coins too a half crown in Aluminum with a puma on the back... we have 2 of them.


EFGregory3187 32M
1307 posts
1/13/2020 8:44 am

Ouch! Brooke, same here. I thought Libya was in the middle east. LOL!!


KawarthaLakesGuy 55M  
17 posts
1/13/2020 9:18 am

That conflict was tragic and so many sad memories of innocent lives lost. Fast forward to today and we can see that little has changed in the world. Will we ever learn?


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/13/2020 5:51 pm

    Quoting EFGregory3187:
    Ouch! Brooke, same here. I thought Libya was in the middle east. LOL!!
Nickolas Cage has probably warped by sense of African history with his movie "LORD of WAR" with so many African Nations being fiefdoms run by tinhorn dictators.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/13/2020 5:55 pm

    Quoting KawarthaLakesGuy:
    That conflict was tragic and so many sad memories of innocent lives lost. Fast forward to today and we can see that little has changed in the world. Will we ever learn?
WITHOUT History we just seem to slip from one stupid mess into another without ever learning that repeating the same error we expect a different outcome.


SwishNSwallow2 31M/35M  
2502 posts
1/13/2020 6:28 pm

    Quoting hate_Fakes:
    WITHOUT History we just seem to slip from one stupid mess into another without ever learning that repeating the same error we expect a different outcome.
Even with the lessons of History, it is ultimately the decisions of what the world chooses to focus on as well. The human race on the third planet from the sun, I fear, prioritizes tragedy and the ensuing events.


hate_Fakes 35M
8841 posts
1/13/2020 7:37 pm

    Quoting SwishNSwallow2:
    Even with the lessons of History, it is ultimately the decisions of what the world chooses to focus on as well. The human race on the third planet from the sun, I fear, prioritizes tragedy and the ensuing events.
So often we get our priorities fucked up.