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What Really Is Biafra?

I'd like to know the meaning of this word it self or some kind of translation. Millions of people seem to be very passionate about Biafra, so I guess if we can be made to understand It's meaning, we will understand the zeal, the passion and the hope that Biafra carries with it.

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this is the earliest or only known description of the "Biafars" in an ancient manuscript.

http://images.library.wisc.edu/AfricaFocus/EFacs/Alvares01/reference/africafocus.alvares01.i0019.pdf

Note: the Biafars being referred to, werent located anywhere near Nigeria as we know it today, but somewhere between the Cameroon hinterland and the rest of central Africa.

Unless there was a large scale migration which nobody heard of, they arent the same as Biafrans.

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Alvares, Manuel, 1526-1583, et al. / Ethiopia Minor and a geographical account of the Province of Sierra Leone : (c. 1615)

(1990)

http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/AfricaFocus/AfricaFocus-idx?id=AfricaFocus.Alvares01

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Quote: from dnex - yesterday

I don't any connection between the origin of a georgraphic name and the meaning of a state or nation to its people. The question about the origin of the word Biafra is interesting but mostly irrelevant. I did a quick search online and couldnt really find anything about the origin of the word so i would say it probably doesnt have one (anymore). It may have been a European corruption of some random African word , who knows.

But keep in mind that the original meaning of the names of most European nations have been lost over time as well, nobody knows what Italy meant originally or what the origin of Hispania that became Spain is or where the word Scot originated, etc, etc, etc. , My point is it is not odd for the origin of geographical names to be lost.

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You kept asking this question. Why not read your Geography textbooks? Biafra is a geographical coinage just as you have coinage like Gulf of Guinea, Equatorial forest, Delta, so the area called Biafra was derived from Bight of Biafra with the Atlatic coast.

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Okay my brother, 'it is do' . Though I really was seeking meaning on this thread, but since it has caused so much inflammation. I give it up.

Take it easy O!

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and una go dey abuse Lugard!!!! Must emotion always cloud simple enquiries!

Biafra is derived from the name of an ancient kingdom in the Cameroon/central African area. It's listed on 16th and 17th century European maps as Biafar or Biafara.  Nothing is known about that kingdom however and nobody knows anything about the people or what happened to them.

How the name came to be applied to the bight of Biafra is anyone's guess.

Ojukwu made reference to this kingdom in one of his declarations- maybe the Aburi one.

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@Ibime

na wah for you O! I knew I'd seen this ID somewhere before. So it is you whom we share poetry together and learn from each other that this word Biafra has now brought out the beast in? I can't believe this. If this is how serious the Biafran matter has gotten, then I think it's time you people went your way.

Have you ever wonder how your Hausa neighbour whom you gist with everyday can just turn around at the mention of Allahu Akbar and draw a dagger o you, that's you can pull a gun at your Edo neighbour whom you share a beer and some literature with at the mention of Biafra. Byebye.

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You fat face phock. . . . just like I said, this thread has no purpose except for this pernicious LovePeddler-mongrel to tell us that Biafra has no meaning. . . . so what?. . . . .is Biafra the first place not to have a meaning?. . . . of all the pea-brained excuses you can employ to denigrate the dreams of a Biafran, it is that the name has no meaning. . . . so what have you proved?. . . . employing your bovine logic, it is better to fight for a place which has no meaning, than a place which is "annoying" (Benin). . . .

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How do You know I am not ibo myself?? roflmao!!!

Anywho, I know a lot of ibos myself and rarely is BIAFRA brought up during discussions on how to move things forward in Nigeria. I can tell you that over the past 10 years alone, I have never really heard much of biafra from any of the ibos I have met( and I have met a lot of them here), apart from the occassional trip down memory lane and what not. Even online, it seems nairaland is where the mention is prevalent.

Trends in Nigeria itself seem to bolster that belief that this is just a dream harbored by a minority and not really effective way to win over the minds of the people even to this day.

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@Ezeagu

the richest nation in the world which we hail as the most democratic has Rhode Island which is clamouring to leave the union called the USA, yet they won't print passports or mint currency first.

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Biafra is synomynos with the english word " Failure" . If u fail an exam u have just Biafred it.

Biafra can also be used intermittantly with word " Kolo " as per kolo mental, reason been that the head of massob printed biafran currency,  I bet even his wife will not touch that money with a barge pole let alone Igbo people. Secondly he launched the Biafra passport yesterday yet he will be going to visit president Obama in Ghana by travelling with a Naija pali. If that is not a nutter, then what can ever be, the guy should be strapped in a bed in "Aro"  mental hospital and the  key thrown away.

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Are Ibos United under this claim of being held a RANSOM? Last I checked, the answer is NO and those with the BIAFRAN dream remain a huge minority, that is why that dream has remained just that, a dream for many,for so long. By the way, weren't the southern states forced to join the UNION back after the CIVIL wars in America? Would America not then qualify as a FAKE nation by your measurement?

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@Ibime

you ignorant lunatic, get the hell off my thread so learned people can come and contribute.

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I just wanted to know what meaning the word Biafra carried that it could inspire such passion and fever. That's my offence O! I thought there was a meaning that if translated to the rest of us, we will begin to understand why they act the way they do. Instead, one deranged confusionist is telling me about a bight. Well, at least the fool was sane enough to finally admit he wasn't sure. Is that not madness? When a man isn't sure what he's going haywire about.

Arewa means the north or the upper areas or zone.

Oodua is after the founder of the Yoruba whose original name Izoduwa means "I've chosen prosperity" so Oodua actually means prosperity.

I'm trying to find meaning and understand my agitated brothers and a gang of psychopaths just decided to start trailing and stalking me all over the place.

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ok. What makes nigeria a fake NATION?

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I said Nation g, nation. . . .

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A Fake Nation? Name one NON-FAKE nation you know of today.

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What like suffering in a fake nation called Nigeria?

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roflmao!!!

@Poster, in my opinion, Biafra, like @Arewa and all the others out there are fantasies dreamed up by frustrated, and tired minds looking for the "supposed" easiest way out of having to do what duty demands of them.

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. . . . wetin concern you with the meaning of the word itself?

If the word has no present day meaning, what will you conclude from it?

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The fact that there are many nations held ransom tied into it maybe. . . . . . . .? If it wasn't a fake nation, we wouldn't have this thread when was the last time you heard a part of, hmm, lets say Japan wanted to secede from Japan?

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Ok . . . I will bite!

What exactly makes a country fake? Why is Nigeria a fake country?

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@Ibime

Mumu pass mumu sha.

So you want to tell me that you don't know what Nigeria means? You dunce!

Niger means black. The river that traversed the areas of the Niggers is the river Niger.

Nigeria is therefore the area around the river that traverses the lands of the blacks.

You pig brained gay, WHAT IS BIAFRA?

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Its O.K. Ibime, I think he ws just asking what the word 'Biafra' itself means just like 'Nigeria' means 'Niger area'.

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sharrap dia you punk. . . . if you know that the name Biafra is taken from the term "Bight of Biafra", why are you still asking silly questions?

Frank Opugo named Biafra after the Bight of Biafra. . . . just like Lord Lugards mistress chose Nigeria to signify that the country is named after the river Niger. . .

Wetin more you want ask again?. . . . you dey act like say you really get interest in the name when you are just seeking an excuse to continue your usual pro-Nigerian, pro-unitarian ramblings. . . . !

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Benin means annoying.

Really, that's what Bini people are. Annoying people.

From Ile Ibinu which they were named by a Yoruba prince. Then one Oba changed it from From Ibinu to Ubini and another just generally called the whole people Edo to include those of us that are not Binis but part of the kingdom. Edo means love.

I've never said I was Bini though. I'm Edo and I now live in Benin City, by ancient translation, the annoying city.

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@dnex

What does benin mean?

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@Ibime

you airbrained slowpoke, we've not defined what Biafra is, you're adding Bight Of.

If you don't know, walk on by. Don't lengthen my thread with your stupidity.

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Then you must be an . . . so-called intelligent pesin like you wey never hear of the Bight of Biafra

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@Naijaking1

I am admitting I don't know and you're telling me you want to learn from me.

How can I teach what I don't know? You want me to lie, if at 30 I don't know whom you are, you should be worried that you don't know you you claim that you are.

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I'm yet to see anyone who can run a search engine better than myself.

But if you try to google the meaning of Biafra, you'll most likely find more about the name of the British Pop star, Jello Biafra who was named after war of Biafra.

You say I should research, yet this is my research and those who are Biafrans are hardly providing any answers except for Ezeodum.

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@poster

If you really don't know, maybe you should do us a favor and do some research. I'll be very pleased and appreciative to learn from you. You may not be old enough to know what happened during the civil war, but at 30, you're surely old enough to google and research this topic.

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Defining Biafra based on transliteration of what the sylables in the word sounds like to you does not seem very intellectual nor hypothetical

This thread is nothing more than trying to redicule people of a particular tribe based on your prejudices and hatred.

Most of you who make noise about ONE NIGERIA have no clue what UNITY means.

I think if you are a serious being the sorry state of our Nation should worry you more than the plight of the Igbos between 1967 - 1970

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@mikeansy

I guess you don't visit the Romance and Auto sections on Nairaland much. You never came on the Ogun oath thread, you didn't read about the 10,000 girls from Libya. You never visited the poetry section.

Well, I just want to learn. ie this thread is strictly for intellectual purposes.

Any hypothesis or theory on what that name Biafra means or translates into?

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@Dnex

This guy called Dnex has made it his point of duty to discuss nothing but Biafra

Biafra no longer exist Nigeria does.

What do we know Nigeria for? A country that never works, where more that 80% of the population live on less than a dollar a day, no jobs for youths, no roads, no hospitals, no schools. Our commander-in-chief goes to Germany and Saudi Arabia for Healthcare, for the average Nigerian anywhere but Nigeria is good enough for studies including Ghana and Cameroun.

Why none of these border you and your only point of duty is 'Biafra this Igbo that' bits my immagination.

The last time I checked the Igbo's have not come close to controlling politics in Nigeria since the civil war and can not possibly be responsible for the sorry state of Nigeria.

Why are folks so lazy in my country?

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@eina

please exit this thread with your tail between your legs immediately.

Did you not see the topic and know it was beyond what your brain could contribute to before you came unto it to show you ignorance? Ha! This Nairaland has really become something else O!

I've always suspected that this name might be foreign to us. I have searched for the meaning of Biafra since I was a boy, when I first read about the Bicepan war, yet till date I found nothing.

The word has become so powerful in Nigeria though.

But what confuses me is the "Bia" which means come in Igbo/Ibo but I don't know if there's anything like "fra" or any close sounding word with meaning like "vra", "hra" that could could have been corrupted by the Oyibos because they couldn't pronounce it.

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Biafra was a word that was probably used to name the former Eastern region in haste. It doesn't have a significatn meaning, its from a random word European explorers used to name the bight which is now in eastern nigeria, the Bight of Biafra (now there's hardly any mention of the 'Bight of Biafra', usually called 'Bight of Bonny', because 'they' were probably scared of secession again) The Bight of Biafra had been the name of the eastern region since the 17th century, probably as an easy way of idnetifying were the salve traders can get their precious 'eboan' slaves destined for the plantations of the new world.

Long story short, the word is about as relevant to the eastern as bowler hats are relevant to the coastal communities cultures.

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you have no question to ask. next topic pls

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