Igbo technology: 5 things Biafrans invented without Nigeria’s support

Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah June 2, 2017 05:39

I have been thinking about a term – Igbo technology – which I came across some time ago; and so would like to state a fact that will be argued against by those who deny that Biafra was a blessing to Nigeria rather than a curse.

igbo technology

In the world, Igbos are the most technologically advanced Black race on planet earth. This is a fact that you may choose to either take or leave.

Igbo technology: 5 things Biafrans invented without Nigeria’s support

So, in this article, I will present to you five things Biafrans invented during the civil war using Igbo technology.

1. Uli Airstrip: Although Igbos were cut-off from the rest of the world during the civil war, their ingenuity came to the fore as they constructed the Uli airstrip and when that airstrip was bombed, they repaired it in record time and under the most trying circumstances. They would go on to repair Uli not once and not twice using Igbo technology.

2. Fuel from palm fruit: The Igbos refined petrol from a variety of non-fossil fuels, including from but not limited to palm products (from which they also produced diesel).

3. War Missiles (Ogbunigwe): Using the same Igbo technology, my fellow countryman – Gordian Ezekwe – manufactured surface to air missiles which Igbos also adapted to surface to surface missiles.

4. Fighter Jets: The Igbos are the only tribe to convert commercial planes to fighter jets and weaponized them. That was no mean feat in 1967.

5. Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC): Using not but Igbo technology, the Igbos built the first indigenous armored personnel carrier in Black Africa is the Red Devil during the Nigerian Civil War.

Reno Omokri, former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan once said: “In fact, when in 2012, the Nigerian Army rolled out the igirigi and promoted it as the first indigenous armored personnel carrier, they were wrong.

“I am not a Biafran. I am proudly Nigerian. And beyond that, I am a proud dark skinned Black African yet I make bold to say that the igirigi is not the first indigenous APC.

“The Nigerian Civil War ended in January 1970 and the Nigerian Army unveiled the igirigi in July of 2012. If they had converted the Red Devil to their own use, they would probably be talking about a greater feat in the year 2012.

“That is where we failed as a nation.

“This is why I was so disgusted with the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu for aspiring, on Nigeria’s behalf, to produce pencils by 2018! I mean this man is the first civilian governor of the old Abia state which today encompasses both Abia and Ebonyi states.”

Using the same Igbo technology I have been talking about, on a flipside, there is hardly anything including electronics, pharmaceuticals, spirits and wines that the Igbos cannot counterfeit today.

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Imanuel Jannah
By Imanuel Jannah June 2, 2017 05:39