We must make effort to assure our neighbors that the Igbo do not covet whatever that belongs to others, neither do they desire to lord it over other people. In response we say nice try. We cannot wrap up Igbo future with those of other people as it is. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. Ikpa oke ani, that is mapping out the boundaries and ownership of lands, is an important function in Igbo society. While excluding, in the interest of assuring our neighbors and cousins around us, all non-Igbo lands and territories. In the old map many natural Biafran geographies were excluded such as Biafra lands on the west bank of the Niger. Agitators 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). Then each group will bargain from positions of strength to reach satisfactory cooperative union agreements. As with many other new African states, the borders of the country did not reflect earlier ethnic boundaries. No tales survive of the kings and queens. In the end, if a geographical space and sovereignty is achieved, it would have become a pyric victory and the inadvertent creation of another Nigeria with a different name. In Nigeria excellence and best practice are not just discouraged, they are punished and sacrificed at the altar of federal character and quota system. Then there was only one governor for the entire region which happened to be Emeka Ojukwu. ( Log Out /  Perhaps, the greatest tragedy of presumptive-maps such as those of Nigeria and others like that may be the lost opportunities of creating a progressive and prosperous society where any lives even if lived only for a brief moment were lived in a considerable level of comfort and fulfilment. Nigerians have always made this very clear. THERE is a "Kingdom of Biafra" on some old maps which were made by early white explorers of the west coast of Africa. That hatred has persisted to date. That is if the company of 50 million can indeed be considered as lonely. At the announcement, the non-Igbo ethnic peoples of the Eastern Region were elated with their new found power which they believed would shield them for good from Igbo people’s influence. This thing is not complicated at all as some of us may imagine. The voting pattern of 2015 Presidential election notwithstanding. Therefore, based on what we know today and the realities of our collective experiences the map of the new Biafra must include all the autochthonous and contiguous geography of Igbo land. Biafra was a country that existed on the Ancient Map of Africa for about 400 years before Nigeria was created in 1914, i.e before the First Map was created. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It is a fast spreading and…, +20 HELP PROMOTE THIS CLASS BY JOINING OUR COMMUNITY HERE This world is filled with…. 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. This new move will be based on recklessness, negligence and unfounded fear. In the process of doing this, a lot of factors are taken into consideration. In 1884-1885, the Europeans and Americans met in the Berlin Conference, Germany, and spread the map of Africa on a table and shared the lands of Africa among themselves for colonization and exploitation of the resources of Africa. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. 2 – FULL RADIOBIAFRA BROADCAST, BIAFRA IPOB: SPEECH By MAZI NNAMDI KANU – 18th June Pt. For this and for many other reasons we need to have a clear definition of the geographical map of the area we are talking about as the new Biafra. To achieve an authentic new Biafran map we have to bear in mind some few basic facts. Putting it differently, Africa should be made into a country for the Igbo so they can only conduct business in their own country. © 2007 Harmuny Writers, INC. All Rights Reserved. Biafra was a country that existed on the Ancient Map of Africa for about 400 years before Nigeria was created in 1914, i.e before the First Map was created. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The other purpose which the title mongering serves is to intimidate the less privileged among us. As we all know, the old Biafra and the Biafrans of old; the people who defined the first Biafra, did not have the luxury of time and knowledge which the new definers are privileged to have. We must choose to become independent from Nigeria, in the first place, as Igbo people, not along with the other ethnic peoples if they are unwilling. They had to Isolate the Igbo in the fight and once that was done it became a divided rank from within. 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. It is the way that we choose to define the map and the other aspects of the Biafran business from the beginning that other outside interest groups will follow. In fact, by the year 1662, the three prominent Kingdoms in West Africa were the Kingdom of Biafra in the East, the Kingdom of Benin in the West and the Kingdom of Zamfara in the North. who have brazenly committed nso ani are allowed to bear rule and decide for the people what they should accept as rights and wrongs. The same thing goes for the issue of organizing a referendum even within the Igbo area. Has Israeli Drone Sales To Azerbaijan Backfired? Now I have a reason that stronger than mere Tribalistic/ethnic war between the Igbos and the Hausa Fulanis, from today I fight for my ancestral nation, the country of my Fore-fathers and I believe that by the grace of almighty God (Chukwu Okike Obiama) who I worship through Jesus Christ’s ways and my Fore-fathers also worshiped through their own means which they understood Biafra will come to actualization and be listed among the great nations of the world. Date Created: 1702 - 1707 (Approximate) Place: London Library locations Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division Shelf locator: Map Div. As we said earlier, it is not necessarily this generation that will suffer but further down the road, the people will pay dearly for today’s negligence. Bight of Biafra was also in the map when Europeans came to Africa. Thank you for the observation, that 400 was only before the first map was created, leading to amalgamation of 1914. The old Biafra in the face of all odds, became a modern model of self-defense and the best illustration of the principles of Self Determination. Foreigners created Nigeria and here we are trying to free ourselves from it because they did not take into consideration the people’s fundamental differences. Historically, all those who received the European’s manufactured Warrant Chief and Igwe staff of office in Igbo land were the thieves, social pariahs, abani di egwu and all those at the fringes of the society who cared less about the people’s culture and values. old African map that shows Biafra written in it as a regional country before amalgamation If we are therefore careful today to incorporate this cautious wisdom in our planning at this foundational stage, then if in the future any of us can come back to look at the result of our today’s decisions, we will be proud to have chosen the bold and conservative path over the liberal and reckless road. The name, Biafra, has existed before the advent of the Europeans to Africa. However, permit me to point out that it’s an understatement to say that Biafra predated the colonial period by 400 years. Today, thieves (chiefs, igwes, Drs., Profs., Barristers, etc.) Agitators 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). Thus the northern Sudan and Sahelian Savannah region of the country is made up of Muslim majority, while the southern population was predominantly Christian and Animist. Then there will be cries of marginalization and oppression from some of those who might want to adopt the so-called minorities statuses. So, in Igbo society the people take geographical maps seriously. If care is not taken, and if we continue so negligently traveling this road it might lead to unnecessary heartaches and pains. Odenigbo Aka-Ikenga: Issues .Events .Historicals .News .Facts .Arts .Crafts .Culture .Tradition However, Biafra, as a Nation (Kingdom), has been in existence for over 5000 years. Eluwa. Biafra has been in existence before the Greece, Before the United Kingdom and even before the Roman Empire. By. It was from these three kingdoms that Nigeria was created in 1914. In the ancient map of Africa of 1660 and 1707, Biafra was in it. But i promise, I will rise some day to put Biafra were it belongs. Those were the people that the Europeans found useful to be able to intimidate the natives and extract from them maximum taxes and levies. The old Biafra was the only option and the best option available to the people. Integrities and reputations of elders who are usually the judges and deciders are established or destroyed in land matters. I am myself at home with this knowledge owing to my background as a historian. In the ancient map of Africa of 1660 and 1707, Biafra was in it. 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. 00 We are in a moment of time where humanity feels that it has…, 0-1 The world is changing fast. My dreams is that one day i will be crown king of THE kingdom of Biafra, like its European counterpart. The survivors of the Pogrom ran back to the Eastern Region, which included Igbo and non-Igbo. 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. 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. 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! In the old map many natural Biafran geographies were excluded such as Biafra lands on the west bank of the Niger. Yet, for the sake of progress and the well-being of all, there will be unified standards which should not be compromised in order to satisfy the quota of a stakeholder who may be unwilling to make some extra effort in contributing to improve and advance the lot of the common good. 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. Depending on how they handled land issues. 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 ^ Every Biafran must also read “Ado-na-Idu History of Igbo Origin” written by B.O.N. With all the prevailing evidences it was easy for the Igbo to convince the others to go along with them in their pursuit for a new state. Igbo alone has a population of about 50 million. 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:. But the truth is that we cannot dwell in the past and reminisce for eternity the exploits and accomplishments of generations past. It should be noted that Biafra as a Nation (Kingdom), has been in existence for over 5000 Years. This is known in history as the Scramble for Africa. We are not even sure that we will succeed, so why drag along other people whose aspirations are not the same with those of the Igbo. The old Biafra was a child of circumstance which was thrust on the people by the exigencies of events and emergencies of their time. Biafra is not the invention of any of the European countries. 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. It is a product of ignorance. Understanding the Philosophy of the Biafran Struggle for Independence. They were told that it was the Igbo who were their (Nigeria’s) problem which they wanted to eliminate. Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970 during the Nigerian Civil War. 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. 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: The original word used by the European travellers was not Biafra but Biafara, Biafar and sometimes also Biafares. And if we are talking of Biafra where the Igbo are involved, (the Biafra in question is a supposedly geographical and political independent or self-governing sovereign state) then we must make every effort to define the extent and boundaries of this sovereignty right from the start. In the end it seemed to have made certain the final and eternal demise of Igbo’s real national and cultural identity. 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. 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