Right, a principal figure of the
reprisal coup of July 1966, Colonel
Gowon became head-of-state at 32
following the murder of the former
head-of-state, General Ironsi, who
had appointed him Chief of Army
Staff. The coup also provoked the
massacre of some 50,000
easterners in the north.
Images of Biafra
Right, makeshift Biafra
Radio in Obodo-Ukwu; it
was here on January 12,
1970 that Major-General
Philip Efiong, Officer
Administering the
Federal Republic of
Biafra, made the initial
broadcast that brought
the civil war to an end.
1968, General Ojukwu attending Peace Talks in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
American pilot Ron Archer making
relief runs to Biafra
Belgian (Biafran) mercenary, Marc Goosens,
killed in the Onitsha sector, 1968
Biafran Soldier, probably in the Abagana sector
Biafran soldiers, defending Aba
Right, young Biafran
soldier, probably with
captured ammunition
Biafran soldiers
Biafran Boy soldier with French Legionary, Ralph Steiner
Left, Biafran boy
soldier carrying
another wounded
Boy soldier, 1968
Burning Nigerian military vehicle with burned
corpse following ambush by Biafran soldiers
Feeding children at refugee camp in Anwa,
present Akwa Ibom State
Captured Biafran soldiers, 1968
General Ojukwu, center, and members of
his cabinet at a church service
Biafran soldiers during a break from intense fighting
Man carrying what could be his dead child, friend or other
relative in a coffin en route to burial, 1968
Biafran officer talking to one of his dead soldiers
Left to right, Colonels Kurubo, Ojuwkwu and
Efiong before the war, 1967
Nigerian soldier on Aba-Umuahia Road
Left, federal troops advancing on and shelling Port Harcourt  under the
leadership of Lieutenant Colonal Benjamin Adekunle, AKA Black Scorpion,
probably 1968
A common sight in Biafra; refugees fleeing
from the enemy
Injured Biafran soldiers; the lame leading the blind
(the two to the right are strikingly young)
Injured Biafran soldiers in
makeshift ambulance
Starving Biafran children, dead and dying
June 10, 1967, Ojukwu is sworn in as
head-of-state of the newly created Biafra
Left, the ugly face of
kwashiorkor; starvation was
used as a "legitimate" weapon
of war against Biafran civilians
Reunion in Lagos, January 15, 1970; General Gowon embracing Sir
Louis Mbanefo, former Chief Justice of Biafra (looking on with smile
in the center is Major General Philip Efiong)
Young mother and starving child
Young mother and starving children
May 30, 1967, declaration of the creation of Biafra
by Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu
Ojukwu, displaying new Biafran stamps and currency
Starving Biafran boy
Starving Biafran Children on cover of Life
Crowds in Lagos celebrate Biafra's
surrender on January 12, 1970.
Attending to a wounded Biafran soldier
Left, teenage
Biafran boy,
destitute, starving
and begging
Right, John Lennon and Yoko Ono
displaying letter from Lennon to
British Prime Minister Harold
Wilson, Nov. 25, 1969. The letter
explains his reason for returning
his Order of the British Empire
medal--it is because of Britain's
support of the US in Vietnam and
for its support of Nigeria in the
Nigeria-Biafra Civil War.
Folk singer Joan Baez and rock star Jimi Hendrix taking a break at a
Biafra relief benefit show in Manhattan, August 29, 1968
Victims of an air attack, in the middle is a child
Retreating Biafran soldiers, unable to
assist the dead and dying
Starving albino child with can probably used for begging;
in the background are other malnourished children
Biafran soldier, probably with captured
New York, Aug. 18, 1968; demonstrators
protest against genocide on Biafran
Malnourished and perhaps dying Biafran child
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Armored car, built and used by indigenous
Biafran scientists
Video Clips of the Biafran Saga
1966 Massacre of Eastern Nigerians in the North (3.33 Minutes)
Images of Biafra (2.59 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part I (7.41 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part II (7.41 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part III (7.42 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part IV (7.41 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part V (7.40 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part VI (7.40 Minutes)
The Biafra-Nigeria War, Part VII (3.43 Minutes)
Post Biafra Experience in Ivory Coast & Ireland
Presentation at National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland, 2010
Images and videos from
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