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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Everywhere around the World the topic is Biafra


Almost half a century since the Biafran war broke out, a new secessionist movement is rapidly taking hold in South East Nigeria.
Renewed demands for an independent state of Biafra have gained fresh impetus through widespread grass roots agitation and the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu, the outspoken public face of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra.
Like their leader, these new separatists are drawn from a young generation without memories of the Nigerian civil war. Frustrated by their perception of misrule and unfair governance in Nigeria, they seek reformation outside the confines of what they see as a discredited state burdened by a history of corruption.

The current demands for an independent Biafra nation appear to present potentially one of the greatest threats to Nigeria’s unity.
To some, Biafra is not a priority. It’s yesterday's story, a long-forgotten event totally overshadowed by the current government’s much-trumpeted anti-corruption campaign and its frantic efforts to restore economic stability. 
And yet to those committed to its cause, Biafra is the new frontier in a relentless search for independent cultural identity combined with autonomous political and economic destiny.
Does Biafran nationhood pose a serious existential threat to Nigeria? Or is it symptomatic of a failing post-colonial state? And what does or should Nigeria really mean to modern Nigerians? Is the unity of the nation too important to risk fracture and dissolution?
Crucially, if it can no longer be held together as a single country is there an opportunity to resolve differences peacefully through the creation of an ethnically separate Igbo nation? And, just like with the UK’s current EU membership decision, is a referendum the best route to resolving this growing separatist issue? 
Please come and join a really lively debate with a panel of informed and opinionated scholars and activists as we pose the question, ‘Is Biafra Dead or Alive?’

3 comments

  1. Biafra is very much alive. Biafra was in existence before the British fraudulent amalgamation. Nigeria is dead failed state, a contraption with no real patriotic citizenry that's why crooked politicians loot the treasuries dry. Those who think this present agitation is a joke should think again and make no mistake we are exploring every civilised internationally recognized avenue to sensibly gain our freedom. Should this options fail then Syrian will be a joke compared to what's going to happen. That fucking clueless incompetent, brainless terrorist dullard president called Buhari asked how are southerners Biafrans marginalized. Well how about this, all three sea port s in Biafra land are systematically closed to suffer the Biafrans. You can go on. Also that notion of the north Housa Fulani and Yoruba's are born to rule is rubbish basically.

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  2. BEFORE YOUR CONFERENCE STARTS, LET IT SINK DOWN THE MEMORY OF THE WORLD THAT BIAFRA IS NOT DEAD! BIAFRA IS ALIVE AND BIAFRANS ARE ALIVE! ABOUT SIX MILLION BIAFRANS DIED IN 1967-1970 BIAFRA CIVIL WAR! YET WE ARE VERY MUCH ALIVE!

    BIAFRA EXISTED THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE BRITAIN JOINED US TO AN EVIL CONTRAPTION CALLED NIGERIA! THAT SINGULAR ACT OF WICKEDNESS BY BRITAIN DID NOT MEAN BIAFRA IS DEAD!OR THAT BRITAIN AND ITS ALLIES FOUGHT THE WAR FOR NIGERIA FORCING BIAFRANS TO REMAIN IN NIGERIA MEAN THAT BIAFRA IS DEAD!

    BIAFRA IS ALIVE AND WE ASK FOR OUR INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITISH MADE ISLAMIC EVIL NIGERIA!

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  3. The idea of calling Biafrans separatists is rather offensive. They are Biafran nationalists otherwise why does the British serpent and the BBC call Scotland separatists Scottish nationals or nationalists? We must stop allowing the British use the gullible folks around to describe Biafrans as what they are not. They Biafran Nationalists

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