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DID YOU KNOW? ABOUT BIAFRA


  • The defunct Republic of Biafra’s flag is based on the Pan-Africanist teachings of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).
  • The red, black and green which were first used by Garvey’s organization symbolize a common ancestry and political aspirations of all black people around the world. Kenya, St. Kitts and Nevis and Malawi are some African and Caribbean nations that adopted variations of the flag.
  • The red represents the blood that links all people of African ancestry, and blood shed in slavery and liberation struggles around the world. For Biafra it represented the blood shed in the pogroms.
  • The black for Biafra means a connection to souls of years past.
  • The green represents Africa’s abundant natural wealth and resources.
  • The rising sun symbolizes these aspirations for the eleven (11) provinces in Biafra.
  • In January 1968 Richard Ihetu also known as Dick Tiger from Amaigbo, Imo State and a world-renowned boxer enlisted in the Biafran Army. He was made a lieutenant by Ojukwu after enlisting.
  • The first governor of the Bank of Biafra was Dr. Sylvester Ugoh. The legal tender produced in January 1968 was designed by Simon Okeke and other talented artists, with five shillings and one pound notes as the first denominations.

 

Reference

There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe


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