1. a former secessionist state (1967–70) in SE Nigeria, in W Africa. Capital: Enugu.
  2. Bight of, a wide bay in the E part of the Gulf of Guinea, off the W coast of Africa.
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  1. of or relating to Biafra or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Biafra


  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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