Written By Kelechi Okorie
22nd May 2020
It is appreciable to follow the right path of history to avoid being deceived by jejune attention seekers and detractors from kindergarten glorified deceit school of thought. Before going further, in a simplest interpretation, a nation is a culture-political community that has become conscious of its autonomy, unity and particular interest. Every nation is psychologically make-up in a defined culture, history, territory and ethnicity.
It sounds appalling, terrifying when an uneducated suckling infants vomits garbage against Biafra nation in the name of history. Of the truth, history written by enemies in most cases always contradicts with filtered incoherence against the people in quote. No nation without a history, as unscrupulous European explorers argued initially, contrary from the baseless ruthless assertion, a nation without history finds it difficult to acknowledge her destination. With history a nation is well informed, imbibes in ancestral descendant family tree, origin and motherland.
This well elucidated written essay is to educate undiscerned minds and rabble infants parading themselves as historians, intellectuals, fabricating sham vertebrate hypothesis that the recognition of Biafra nation can be traced back to "Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu’s" frustration after Aburi Accord agreements held in Ghana, was ignorantly flaunted by the then Military Head of State and Trojan arch genocidist Jack Yakubu Gowon, without sinking deep their brains in research works embedded with historical facts to watered their mediocre pervert misinterpretations of history.
In 1597 the Queen of England sent her subject "Laurence Aldersey" with a very nice official letter to the King of Abassens to ask his permission for her subjects to be allowed to travel in the lands of West Africa unharmed which included Biafra and Benin which the Portuguese were already travelling in. The letter is in Latin and all the historic details and ships used for this journey into Biafra. Before the coming of British emissary into Biafra and Benin, the Portuguese history noted and called the people living in this Africa trigger region Biafrans or the Beafrares in the 15th century.
Great Britain, you hear of today was a sovereign state in Western Europe from 1st May 1707 to 1st January 1801. The state came into being following the "Treaty of Union" in 1706, ratified by the "Acts of Union" in 1707, to which the United the kingdoms of England (which included Wales) and Scotland to form a single kingdom encompassing the whole island of great Britain and its outlying islands, with the exception of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Also it is worth of noting that it was Queen Elizabeth I, who led the way to forming Britain, it was her dream, infact Queen Elizabeth I, was being advised by English necromancers who spoke to the dead who had told her to create the Kingdom of Britain.
As far back as 1710, the earlier map of Africa depicted a region named Biafra, before the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, that regulated European colonization and exploitation in Africa during the new imperialism. On the arrival of British merchants in West Africa sub-region the only race with organized democratic institution was Biafra, in 1895, Britain sent emissaries to Biafra, after the formation of Presbytery of Biafra in Calabar in 1885. The nation Biafra was among the sacred land of ancients like Abyssina known today as Ethiopia, Israel, Egypt, Greece etc. Commonality of a nation universally defines by mainly culture as Biafra women unified the central commonality of Biafra culture with their mode of dressing.
Biafra as a motherland, was an organized "Republican State" by nature from time immemorial, decisions were deliberated at a village square with prevailed superior reasoning irrespective of gender, wealth and age. The organized modern institution inspired Fredrick Lugard, to have identified Biafra as a "Great Biafra" somewhat to what he had seen in Europe. Governing structures of Biafra were decentralized; each organ independently has assigned responsibilities overseen by the village head(s) and his cabinet of chiefs (Ndi Egede, Ndi Nze, Ndi Ozo) according to towns, clans and villages to maintain checks and balances.
Any person finds wanting or contravenes lay down guiding rules were liable to face the penalty according to community’s principles. Biafran women are the umbilical cord that tied all the clans together and vein blood cells pass through them giving credence to their DNA, by so doing the nationality of Biafra nationhood lies on Biafran women’s mode of dressing. In a simple illustration, the two pieces of wrapper wore by Biafran women as custom demands, determines the demarcation of Biafra boundaries for easy identification, be it Ibibio, Ijaw, Efik, Ishoko-Isoko, Idoma, Igboakiri-Igbanke, Igbo, Igala, Itshekiri, Annag, etc.
To drive home the embodiment of faculty of reasoning to a layman conception, the term “culture” is the belief, value, behavior and material objects that constitute a people’s ways of life. The food, name bearing, mode of dress and peculiarities of a geographical adherence, variably and invariably consistently with the political settings. Digressing a little bit, Biafra as a nation undergone through organically processes, all the clans in Biafra inter migrated from each other, as Obi Gad in Omambra (Anambra) seventh’s son of Jacob was the head all clans that migrated, with commonality like food as noted before, the native foods consumed by Biafrans differentiate them from Arewa Fulani janjaweed from the Sahel of Mohammedian Empire or Emirate, also differentiate them from the Oduduwa people of Dahomey Dynasty. The name(s) bearing by both clans and persons within the Biafra hemisphere indicated the affinity and unify similarity of indivisibility of Biafra as an organized sacred ancient nation. This goes to prove that Biafra as a nation was organized before Britain was formed and also before the European explorers came in and exploited Ethiopia and renamed her Africa, all clans in Biafra land had four market days; Eke, Orie, Afor, Nkwo. Each community or village has specified favorable chosen market day for business transactions. Perhaps, migration of clans, communities or villages historically intercoursed in line with Biafra background, example a village called Igbere, in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, migrated from Ikwere Etche, Igweocha (Rivers State), in a town known as “Okomoko”, that was where the great ancestor of “Ebiri Okomoko” was born, he was the fifth of sixteen children of Prince Aguma Ebiri, a member of the ruling House in Okomoko. Her mother, Ekemiri, was the second wife, she was said to be so beautiful that she was thought to be a reincarnation of the “river goddess”. Same way a tiny community in Igbere village, bears “Agbo”, is the same Agbo, in Delta state, irrespective of distance, language variations common knowledge prevails both clans are the same people. Afra in Mbaitolu in Imo State can be sighted in Umuahia today. In furtherance, masquerades fraternity such as Ekpe, Okonko, Ekpu, Ojonkwu, Udunkuru practice in old Bende mostly came from Akwa Ibom, and Abiriba village also came from the Efik tribe and reside in today Abia State, Abiriba stood as a bed rock that Ejaegham, Efik Ibibio, Annang, Bakassi and parts of Ambazonia are all one people in a unified Biafran culture. In a short phrase, every clan in Biafra land observes New Yam Festival once in a year as a major tradition with entertainment like “Ekere Mgba”, that is wrestling. Biafra lexical structure and knowledge inter related with each other unlike, the concocted names like Rivers State, Cross Rivers State, Niger Delta, South South, without literal meaning given to it by the marauding Fulani uncircumcised Islamic Jihadists. Boundary adjustments started with Jack Yakubu Gown to weaken Biafrans during the genocidal war. Boundary adjustments was done by Jack Yakubu Gown in disguise of states creation, his sole aims and objectives as was told and instructed by the government of Baron Harold Wison of the British Labour Party were to implant the seeds of divide and rule over them, discourse for easier penetration and annihilation of the Biafrans as a people if they remained in Nigeria, the same way Turkey, a 100 percent Christians were overrun by Islam today, Turkey has 95 percent Muslims over what is left of the Christian faith. Notwithstanding, with unification of all ethnic nationalities that consist of Biafra, with these facts as churned out, the inevitability of the restoration of the sovereign and independent state of Biafra becomes certain and on the other hand, nullifies Fulani curiosity conquest.
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