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Biafra

[ bee-ah-fruh ]

noun

  1. a former secessionist state (1967–70) in SE Nigeria, in W Africa. : Enugu.
  2. Bight of, a wide bay in the E part of the Gulf of Guinea, off the W coast of Africa.


Biafra

/ bɪˈæfrə /

noun

  1. a region of E Nigeria, formerly a local government region: seceded as an independent republic (1967–70) during the Civil War, but defeated by Nigerian government forces
  2. Bight of Biafra
    former name (until 1975) of (the Bight of) Bonny


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  • Bi·afran adjective noun
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Example Sentences

She arrived in Japan in December 2006 on a fake passport after fleeing Nigeria, fearing that government security forces were seeking her for being part of a group calling for self-determination for the Igbo people in the country’s Biafra region.

From Time

Nigeria had crushed the short-lived, independent nation of Biafra in the 1960s.

From Ozy

In the country’s southeast, the long dormant — but always simmering — Biafra separatist movement has raised its head again.

From Ozy

For many Nigerians, especially for those of us whose families were directly affected by the war — which is a lot of us — whether by loss, displacement, or otherwise, the narratives of the Biafra war remain as personal as they are political.

Prosecutor Michael Guarino has since publicly apologized to Biafra.

Then he decided to sneak into Biafra and persuade its leader of his position.

Biafra said he would not likely be a major presence in this year's gubernatorial race or the 2012 elections.

“When Ronald Reagan won in 1980, I realized I kind of misfired,” Biafra told The Daily Beast.

“His record as mayor is mixed at best,” Biafra, a Bay Area resident, said.

One night, in the gulf of Biafra, between Fernando Po and the main land, we as usual had shortened sail.

The name Biafra—as indicating the country—fell into disuse in the later part of the 19th century.

Large brass pans used in the Bight of Biafra for obtaining salt.

It has a seacoast of about 200 miles on the Bight of Biafra.

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