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|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by achi4u(m): 3:05pm On Aug 01, 2012|
My old man hadly opens up but when he do tears will nearly roll down his cheeks.
He was a very big time farmer and a trader when they brought the war to our door-step.He told us that as young as he is,his father(my grandfather)tried to hide him from being enlisted to the Biafran army but our villagers later "suo ya imi",thats how he joined army with little training.He fought along Calabar axis with heavy heart cos his elderly father was not in good shape.He narrate that,they are the ones who dugg the trenches during the night and covered it with palm fonds in anticiption of federal armoured tanks to fell in...just to curtail their advancement.They had to ate anything eatable just to sustain life____yet the spirit lives on"The Biafran Spirit"...and the story continues....
On the my mothers side,she was very industrious though a "petty trader" who deals on kola nuts and items,the war stops her from going to west(yoruba areas) to brings her goods...thats how they were made poor when the war reaches its apex.
She always thank God for Uburu salt lake for keeping them of the dread KWASHOKOR.
story neva finish o!
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by Yeske2(m): 12:06am On Aug 02, 2012|
torkaka:Stop editing my post in your quotes?
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by Yeske2(m): 12:52am On Aug 02, 2012|
Eziachi: Although many of you knew mine but again I will tell those that doesn't that I was a student of Bishop Shanahan College Orlu when the war broke out. I was only 17 years old and I was the youngest of four other brothers but 3 sibling sisters. Our father was a member of the Eastern house of parliament. My father and my senior brother joined the army first and soon two of my other brothers joined. My big brother was among those that fought in Oguta side by side with Ojukwu.I salute your courage and sacrifice big bros.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by Nobody: 1:48am On Aug 02, 2012|
I was 3 years old when war broke out and my earliest memory was hiding in animal stables with my mother and sisters.
My memory is very sketchy so I would tell what I can recall. My father who worked in the ministry of workd was in the UK studying when war broke out.
I recall there were many families hundreds of people hiding in the same shelters which I imagine was built for farm animals.
Later I recall being in Umuahia where I we lived in a room where pig /animal food was stored and whilst my mother was out trying to earn some money, we were gorging our selves on the pig /animal feed , a type of flour substance, as there were rarely any food to eat most days and we were lucky if we managed to get one meal a day.
My health was affected and I came down with Kwashakor and my sisters had a common condition known as "standstill" where they can freeze in middle of walking. i think this may have been cause by mental fear of stepping on landmine.
I remembered also that I had my first girlfriend during my time at Umuahia and by the this time I was 6 years old and she was a year older and we became intimate and were caught by some of my older cousins and they would not let me forget the incident for the rest of my childhood
Salt was like gold dust and my mother had to walk miles to her sisters to get some and later started to trade in it.
I remember once when there were some bags of charitable food being distributed in the town centre and there was a mighty scramble; one person was beaten to death for trying to be greedy or stealing.
I remembered that people were discouraged from carrying large white metal pans / containers on their head during day time as it was said to attract bombs from Aircrafts.
I remembered that all the local young boys were pre-occupied by playing soldiers games and we had wooden guns carved out and marched and played at fighting wars.
I remembered that when i was in my home village, the Biafran army were coming and conscripting any males of age usually approx 15years upward and many mothers were disgusing their sons in women's clothes.
We were in Umauhaia when the war ended and though we were sad we lost the war, the overwhelming emotion was to be reliefed and thankful that the suffering was over.
On the sides of the roads Biafran soldiers dumped their weapons in big heaps.
I recall witnessing the Nigerian Army and some Hausas in their traditional attire driving through the streets of Umuahia on top of army trucks as we watched them from our front yards.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by odumchi: 4:04am On Aug 02, 2012|
Thank you all for sharing your powerful stories. I am now led to believe this saying: I mee elu mee ala, Igbo ga di.
But come, Maazi GenBuhari, how pikin take learn intimacy?
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by OneNaira6: 6:32am On Aug 02, 2012|
When did Buhari become Igbo or even Eastern? hmmm . Well nice story though
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by OneNaira6: 6:36am On Aug 02, 2012|
All the stories here were interesting to read.
Oga Eziachi, there is not much any of us can do on NL to show appreciation to you but say "thank you for your sacrifice" thus, Thank you.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by ektbear: 8:31am On Aug 02, 2012|
I am enjoying this thread a lot. Let us hear more stories.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by odumchi: 8:55am On Aug 02, 2012|
Are there any Ibibio-Efik or Ijaw sons in the house? I would like to hear some of their stories.
ekt_bear: I am enjoying this thread a lot. Let us hear more stories.
It's good that we learn about others.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by Nobody: 6:04pm On Aug 02, 2012|
Never judge a book by its cover
One_Naira: When did Buhari become Igbo or even Eastern? hmmm . Well nice story though
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by ODB1: 6:08pm On Aug 02, 2012|
I was still in my dad's crotch waiting to get squirmed out. It took at least 15yrs for that to happen.
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by tpia5: 8:38pm On Aug 02, 2012|
you couldnt have been in your dad's crotch because s.perm only have a lifespan of 120 or so days.
are you confusing yourself with the female ovum?
the entire process of spermatogenesis to e.jaculation doesnt last longer than a few months.
abi you were frozen ni?
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by ODB1: 6:11pm On Aug 03, 2012|
^^^nah u sabi
|Re: Easterners, What Are Your "Biafra Stories"? by GODWINGODSON(m): 3:26pm On Aug 27, 2015|
Eziachi:I have much respect for you SIR
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