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 (bē-ăf′rə, -ä′frə)
A region of southern Nigeria on the Bight of Biafra, an arm of the Gulf of Guinea stretching from the Niger River delta to northern Gabon. It formed a secessionist state from May 1967 to January 1970.

Bi·a′fran adj. & n.


1. (Placename) 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. (Placename) Bight of Biafra former name (until 1975) of (the Bight of) Bonny


(biˈɑ frə)

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


[bɪˈæfrə] NBiafra f


n (Hist) → Biafra nt
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From Slavery to Neoslavery: The Bight of Biafra and Fernando Po in the Era of Abolition, 1827-1930.
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