• Short Summary

    FORMER RESIDENTS OF BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA, TODAY (THURSDAY) CELEBRATED THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THEIR BREAKAWAY STATE IN A CEREMONY IN LONDON.

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    1.
    GV EXTERIOR KESINGTON TOWN HALL.
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    2.
    GV INT..MR. C.K.N. OBIH MAKES OPENING SPEECH SOF STARTS.
    1.45

    3.
    GV DANCERS ON FLOOR DANCING TO MUSIC FROM THE CALABAR REGION OF BIAFRA (NAT SOF)
    2.40


    MR. OBIH SAID:



    OBIH: FELLOW BIAFRANS, ALL I WANTED TO DO IS TO READ TO YOU A SUMMARY OF THE SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY TO THE PEOPLE OF BIAFRA THIS MORNING. (APPLAUSE). THURSDAY, 30 MAY, 1968. 'TODAY IS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF BIAFRA. IN ONE SHORT YEAR, WE HAVE HAD TO BATTLE THE VERY GRAVE QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND DEATH, WAR AND PEACE, SURVIVAL AND EXTERMINATION. WE HAVE BEEN BLOCKADED AND ISOLATED, SHOT AND SHELLED, BOMBED AND STRAFED. WE HAVE BEEN INSULTED AND TAUNTED BY OUR NIGERIAN ENEMIES AND THEIR (INDISTINCT), AGENTS AND COLLABORATORS. BUT THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FEATURE OF THE TROUBLED YEAR HAS BEEN THE OUTSTANDING COURAGE AND DETERMINATION OF OUR PEOPLE. LET ME THIS AUSPICIOUS MORNING; SAY HOW PROUD I HAVE BEEN OF YOU, MY PEOPLE OF THIS REPUBLIC. OF YOUR FAITH, YOUR COURAGE, YOUR ENDURANCE AND LOYALTY IN THE CRUCIAL MONTHS DURING WHICH I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THIS MISSION.. I FEEL TODAY LIKE 40 MILLION MEN BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE SUCH LIONHEARTS BEHIND ME."




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    Background: FORMER RESIDENTS OF BIAFRA, THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA, TODAY (THURSDAY) CELEBRATED THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THEIR BREAKAWAY STATE IN A CEREMONY IN LONDON. MR. C.K.N. OBIH QUOTED FROM BIAFRAN LEADER LIEUTENANT COLONEL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU'S ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE, AND FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE BIAFRAN UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND PERFORMED TRADITIONAL DANCES AND SONGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABH8343SYRL2E4LY2SZ8VJ2G6I
    Media URN:
    VLVABH8343SYRL2E4LY2SZ8VJ2G6I
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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