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This is the News Analysis segment of the Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcasts

For April 24, 2009

You have heard the news; now, the analysis…

Fellow Biafrans:

If you do not know it yet, a new Star has risen in Africa. The world used to think that, naturally, such a position was reserved for Nigeria, even as other African countries were wanting to look up to Nigeria; while on its part, Nigeria, in its self-conceit, assumed it—that Nigeria is already that star of Africa. In this mien, Nigerians deluded themselves and lived in make-believe "happy," oblivious psychological denial; and the world acquiesced to Nigeria’s pretense. Well, reality has set in. Welcome, Ghana!

Yes, Ghana. Ghana does not boast of a large population like Nigeria does. Ghana does not boast of a large territorial endowment, either. It has natural resources, but does not noisily throw its weight around the world because of such, like Nigeria does. Today, Ghana is run so well that the Western world and other developed nations have set up camp and shop therein, a stamp of approval and a vote of confidence in the progress, potential and future of Ghana. Ghanaians are not stopping to celebrate or resting on their laurels: no, they are busy working harder to continue to improve their own country and make her shine more brilliant and for the foreseeable future.

You know this about Ghana, of course. These days, aren’t Nigerians sending their children to Ghana for education, after Nigeria destroyed the Education System in Biafraland? These days, aren’t Nigerians moving their businesses to Ghana, after Nigeria destroyed all infrastructure supporting Business but especially in Biafraland, and after specifically suppressing businesses in which Biafrans are traditionally engaged? Didn’t Ghana just demonstrate to Nigeria (Africa, too, and the rest of the world) that clean democratic elections are now part of their national profile where Nigeria only proudly shows off its election rigging skills, of which they brag to the rest of Africa and the world? Ghana is star stuff, the center of Sub Saharan Africa, if not the entire Africa.

Fellow Biafrans: you must now pay attention. How did Ghana get here? Recall, in 1983, Nigeria expelled over a million Ghanaians from Nigeria, in a campaign aptly characterized by the expression, "Ghana Must Go," the visual symbol of which was the cheap bags of plastic woven into makeshift luggage that Ghanaian refugees fleeing Nigeria used; and currently popularized in Nigeria as the infamous "Ghana-Must-Go bags," the customary vehicle for looted money exchanging hands among Nigeria’s corrupt. Expelled from Nigeria, the Ghanaians never looked back: they did not beg Nigeria to allow them to remain on Nigeria’s soil; they did not disappear and go underground in Nigeria; they did not cling to Nigeria, no. They left Nigeria, period. And, most went back home to Ghana. They never looked back. There, the Ghanaians worked hard to transform and develop Ghana, their own country. In a little over 25 years, about one half of one generation, the results of their efforts have already started paying off. The future of their children and grandchildren, and that of Ghanaian youths, is bright. In the present, all Ghanaian citizenry is enjoying the fruit of their hardwork, and have opportunities for fulfillment. Compare and contrast that with the state of affairs in Nigeria which they left twenty-five years ago, a place without future and without potential, where the present is more hellish than Hell itself.

What did Ghanaians do right? They remembered their own identity: they are not Nigerians; they are Ghanaians. They remembered that they have a right to belong—not to Nigeria, not as aliens in Nigeria, but—naturally in, and to, their own country, Ghana. They remembered their unique culture: it was not Nigerian; it is uniquely Ghanaian. They were determined to work hard to rebuild, not expecting immediate results, not minding the immediate and future personal cost or sacrifice, not waiting for their neighbor to do the work, or refusing to do the work on the suspicion that their neighbor might be the beneficiary. With a single-mindedness, the Ghanaians kindled and ignited their Star: it shines today, a veritable beacon to those who are willing to follow the path of correct action.

What can we, as Biafrans, learn from Ghana? Look no further than the foregoing. What can we, in imitation of Ghanaians, do to get ourselves out of the jam, the refugee status and slavery called Nigeria? Well, look no further than the above—the same thing that Ghanaians did, as they did it, when faced with similar though not identical circumstances in Nigeria. In 1966, Nigerians expelled us Biafrans from Nigeria. Since then, Biafrans have been crawling back and clinging to one-Nigeria. This is exactly contrary to the response of Ghanaians when expelled by Nigeria, which response has led Ghana to its current Star-of-Africa status. We have to do what Ghanaians have done, how they have done it. This is how: Remember our own identity: we are not Nigerians; we are Biafrans. Remember that we have a right to belong—not to Nigeria, not as aliens in Nigeria, but—naturally in, and to, their own country, Biafra. Remember our unique culture: it was not and is not Nigerian; it is uniquely Biafran. We must be determined to work hard to rebuild, not expecting immediate results, not minding the immediate and future personal cost or sacrifice, not waiting for our neighbor to do the work, or refusing to do the work on the suspicion that our neighbor might reap the benefit thereof. With single-mindedness, we, Biafrans, can and will also kindle and ignite our own Star, shining right next to Ghana. This, we must do. A word is enough for the wise.

Whose hand is in the fact that today, brothers Uchenna Madu and all the other MASSOB members / Biafrans are still in Nigeria’s jails?. How is it that Nigeria claims it has granted some of them bail, but they still languish in these jails? How is it that Nigeria shows no interest in prosecuting them, having finally admitted, in so many words, that Nigeria has no case against them in the first place, yet a fresh batch of our people and MASSOBians was grabbed in Enugu / Awka area by the Nigeria Police and thrown in prison about one year ago? We will not relent until we get them out—all of them.

Biafra alive! Because it is God Who makes it so.

That’s the News Analysis for the week. Thank you.


God bless and keep Biafra, and you, until our next broadcast. Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) broadcast ( now continues in Igbo, one of the Biafran languages.


Ndi Biafra, ekele e o-o! Anyi e kelee unu,

Nkea wu akuko nke anyi na a kpo News Analysis, si na Voice of Biafra International (VOBI) Radio, di na Washington DC, na ala America, na a bia ra unu na abali a.

Unu ma otu ndi Ghana jiri wuru zie Oke Obodo na Africa, wuru "Kpakpandu OBODO" na ime Africa taa, nke ndi Uwa dum ji zi e to Obodo Ghana otito taa, na e to si ya ike? O bidoro na afo 1983 mgbe Nigeria churu ndi Ghana bi na ime Nigeria oso ("Ghana-Must-Go"), si na Nigeria chupu ha. Kama ndi Ghana ga a ga rio Nigeria ka ya hapu ha, ka ha noro na ime Nigeria, ma o wu ju i si na Nigeria puo, ndi Ghana siri na Nigeria puta ozigbo-ozigbo, lawa ra ala-nna ha, obodo ha, Obodo Ghana.

Mgbe ha larutara ala-nna ha, ndi Ghana e weda obi na ala, bia ru zie Obodo ha. O wu kwa nu maka ha chetera ndi ha wu—na ha wu ndi Ghana, na a wughi ndi Nigeria; cheta kwa na omenala ha wu omenala Ghana, na a wughi omenala Nigeria. Ha chetera na o wu na aka ha ka o di, na o wu ike ha, i bi ka ndi Ghana, na ala Ghana. Mgbe ha cheta chara ihe ndi ahu, ya e wee ha anya na ha ga e ji aka ha mezie ala-nna ha—Obodo Ghana, mee Obodo ha ka o wuru Obodo kwesiri i bi na ya. Mgbe ha ruru oru no na ime ihea, ahihiara a gboo ha na oru ya, o weghi ogu-afo-na-ise ka aka oru ha jiri mia mkpuru, nke wu Ghana nke Africa na Uwa na ile na e to eto taa. Maka nkea, oganihu ndi Ghana na umu ha, na umu-umu ha a kaghi a mu bee, a kwuru la oto. Ma, lee nu otu Nigeria di kemgbe ahu—odidi Oku-Mmuo—ugbua, na mgbe na a bia na ihu.

Ndi Biafra: kedu ihe ndi Ghana ga a kuzi ri anyi—kedu ihe anyi ga a muta na aka ndi Ghana? O wu ihe anyi kwuru e kwu mbu. Na afo 1966, Nigeria churu anyi oso, si na Nigeria chupu anyi. Ma, kemgbe ahu, kama anyi ga a tuariri Nigeria azu, si na ya puo, anyi na a laghachi na ime one-Nigeria. O wughi otua ka ndi Ghana jiri mee ya. Ndi Ghana gara ruzie Obodo nke ha, na e leghi anya na azu; ma otutu ndi Biafra, isi ha ka no na ime Nigeria, aka ha a norokwa ebe ahu, ma ha e chefuo ala-nna ha, ala Biafra; ha e chefue ndi ha wu, chefuo i lota i bia ruzie ala-nna ha, ala Biafra, dozie ya. Lee unu anya ihe ndi Ghana mere, otu ha siri mee ya, jee kwa nu ha ejije, ka o wuru kwa nu na, na mgbe a dighi anya, Kpakpandu ozo—Kpakpandu Biafra—a puta ighie na ime Africa, na ime Uwa, ka Ghana. Ka o wuru kwa nu na ndi Biafra na umu ha, na umu-umu ha, ga e nwe ndu oma na oganihu. Muta unu ako site na aka ndi Ghana.

Olee onye aka ya no na ime ihe gbasara umunne anyi, Uchenna Madu na ndi MASSOB / Biafra ndi ozo no na mkporo Nigeria, i ka no na nga ahu, ebe Nigeria si na ya nyere ufodu na ime ha Bail? Anyi a hula na obi e kweghi ndi Nigeria i kpe umunne anyi ndia ikpe, maka Nigeria a mara la na umunne anyi, na o nweghi ihe ojoo ha mere: kedu zie ihe mere ka ha ka no na mkporo Nigeria? O nweghi onye ga e zu ike tupu anyi a gbaputa umunne anyi ndia—ha ncha—site na mkporo Nigeria puta.

Biafra: biri kwa! ka Chineke siri kee gi.

Biafra, ndu gi! Biafra, ndu gi!! Biafra, ndu gi!!!—na ndu anyi kwa. Maka Chineke nonyere la gi—nonyere kwa ra anyi!

Ndewo unu


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