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The Unknown Secrets And Life Of Gordian Ezekwe, The Biafran Scientist Who Built Biafran Bomb {Ogbunigwe} (Part 3)

This is the third and last series of historical narrative (account) we have consistently reviewd for three days now from Nwanna Jeff Unaegbu. 

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At that time, Biafra fought alone with few supporters while Nigeria was given arms by powerful foreign countries. So Biafra was a hot theatre where these new weapons were tested….

Meet Odinigwe Enwonwu, The Only African A Planet Was Named After To Honour His Legendary Ingenuity

Odinigwe Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu (14 July 1917 – 5 February 1994), Nwafor Igbo, made history with his legendary arts that told stories and created lives.

The great son of the soil, is acclaimed the greatest African painter ever for his unrivaled talent and creativity in recreating human figures and things, having beaten the bounds of history which at the time (the pre-colonial time) could only favour whites, by unlocking his prowess and gift in making  eminent sculpture and painting. 

We Pay Tribute To Little Kimberly Anyadike, The Youngest African-American To Fly An Airplane In The World

What could seem more inspiring, thought-provoking and spurring than the story of our own little Kimberly Anyadike. 

History was made in June, 2009 when Ada Anyadike flew plane became the youngest teenager and the first African-American teen to achieve such fit.

Kimberly rose against militating odds in her immediate environment. Confronted by financial constraints, she engaged in odd jobs within the town of Compton Airport to assist herself in education and her flight lessons.

Photos: Nigerian Army Displays The Weapons Built By Biafran Engineers During The Nigerian/Biafran War

Finally, the Nigerian Army have suddenly risen to take the bold step to recognise the ingenuity milestones of Biafran War engineers which saw them produce almost with nothing, great weapons and gadgets that the Biafran soldiers used to fight in the Civil War.

Yesterday, the Consultant to the Federal Ministry of Defence, Professor Bala Jack Yakubu, recalled memories of the Nigeria/Biafra war in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he displayed some deadly weapons manufactured by Biafran engineers.

We Pay Tribute To Over 21 Umu-Igbo Massacred During The Coal Miners' Strike Of 1949

In 1909, an expeditionary force of British explorers led by geologist Albert Ernest Kitson stumbled upon what might have been the most resounding discovery of 20th century Igbo history. In a mineral-rich valley of land in northern Igboland occupied by the Nike and Udi peoples, the group had discovered coal: the crucial natural resource which powered their contemporary, industrialized world.

Checkout These Pre-Colonial And Early Colonial Hairstyle Of Igbo (Young) Women

We had previously shared Pre-colonial and early colonial Igbo men's hairstyle courtesy of Igbo history.

Here we show how our young women then (great grand and grand mothers of today) made their hair.

 Igbo women's hairstyles of 1890s-1930s.

Okwa ha/fa amaka..?

The Unknown Secrets And Life Of Gordian Ezekwe, The Biafran Scientist Who Built Biafran Bomb {Ogbunigwe} (Part 2)

The context in which Ogbunigwe was invented was a unique one. The story goes that one September morning in 1967, the Biafra’s lone B26 Bomber was bombed on the ground at Enugu Airport by a fast and low flying Russian MIG 15 Jet fighter. Leading members of the RaP and the Commander of the Biafra Army engineers were quickly summoned by the Commander of Biafra Air Force that same day. They all began to brainstorm on what to do about this new introduction of MIG 15 Jet fighters into the war by Nigerians.

A Brief History Of The Isolo People, The Igbo Speaking Part Of Cross River

The Isobo people dorminate the most eastern sub-group of the Igbo nation resident mainly in Obubra LGA of Cross River State as well as part of Ikwo LGA of Ebonyi State. The major center in Ikwo LGA is Akpawudele (Ekpa-Omaka), with some remnants in Ndi-Oka, Ndiagu, and Amagu.

There could, though, be an offshoot of the Ikwo sub group and also within the same Obubra LGA are the Echara people who are by the way neighbors of the Isobo people.

Igbo Soundbite Of The Day- Remembering The Truth Of History Will Help Us Embrace The Reality Of Today

On the 15th of January 1970, exactly forty-six years ago today, the Nigerian-Biafran War came to a much anticipated close. Having claimed an estimated three million lives and displaced millions more, the conflict is universally recognized as the worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War. 

Although nearly half a century has passed since the conflict, today's Nigeria is still haunted by occasional pangs of violence and unrest, due to its failure to engage in open discourse to address many of the issues which led to and have resulted from its Civil War. 

In case You Haven't Heard/Read...This Is The Biafra Declaration Speech Of Ojukwu - 30th May, 1967

" Fellow countrymen and women, you, the people of Eastern Nigeria:
Conscious of the supreme authority of Almighty God over a Mankind; of your duty to yourselves and posterity;
Aware that you can no longer be protected in your lives and your property by any government based outside Eastern Nigeria;
Believing that you are born free and have certain inalienable rights which can best be preserved by yourselves;
Unwilling to be unfree partners in any association of a political or economic nature;

Pictures Of The Old Schools Used By Missionaries In Abuma Ututu, Arochukwu

Abuma Ututu, named after its founder, OtutuEzema is one of the Igbo clans that make up the Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State. Ututu shares common boundaries with Arochukwuclan in the South, Ihechiowa clan in the north, Isuclan in the "East and AkwaIbom State in the Eest. It is made up of nineteen villages of Abuma, Amasa, Ameke, Amodu, Amaebem, Amaetiti, Amakofia, Amankwu, Eziama, Nkpakpi, Obiagwulu, Obiakang, Obialoko, Obierie, Obijioma, Ohomja, Ubi la, Ugwuoho, Ukwuakwu

Leg Beads (ọla ụkwụ) You May Have Never Seen In Igbo Land

The second variety of anklets traditionally worn by young Igbo women are called ‘ọla ọkpa’ or ‘ọla ụkwụ’ in certain dialects. In the southern and southeastern regions of Igboland, these large, circular disks were only worn by unmarried women and young girls who were undergoing mgbede, a cultural practice borrowed from the neighboring Ibibio in which an engaged girl would be isolated in a “fattening room” to effect her ritual transformation into womanhood.

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