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Biafra, Republic of

Biafra, Republic of   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Africa

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2010

The name Biafra, the alternative name for the Republic of Biafra, has been used to designate the secessionist eastern

Biafran War

Biafran War   Reference library

Patrick Mbajekwe

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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2008
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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In May 1967 the Eastern Region of Nigeria seceded from the country and proclaimed itself the independent Republic of Biafra. In early June the federal government of Nigeria declared war on ... More
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu  

(b. 4 Nov. 1933).Leader of Biafra 1967–70 Born in Zungeru, he studied at Oxford (1952–5) and then joined the Nigerian army. He had reached the rank of lieutenant‐colonel by 1966. He became military ...
Nigeria

Nigeria  

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Nigeria's democratic government is struggling to reverse decades of economic and social declineNigeria can be divided into four main regions. The humid coastal belt includes extensive swamplands and ...
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Nnamdi Azikiwe  

(1904–96)Nigerian statesman, President (1963–66). Azikiwe founded (1944) the anti‐colonial National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, a gathering of forty political, labour, and educational ...
Obafemi Awolowo

Obafemi Awolowo  

(b. Ikenne, Nigeria, 6 Mar. 1909; d. Ikenne, 8 May 1987)Nigerian; leader of the Opposition 1960–2, leader of Unity Party of Nigeria 1978–83 A member of the Yoruba ethnic group, Awolowo graduated from ...
Yakubu Gowon

Yakubu Gowon  

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(1934– )Nigerian general and statesman, head of state (1966–75). He seized power in 1966, ousting the leader of an earlier military coup. Following the Biafran civil war (1967–70) he maintained a ...

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