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Radio Biafra, also known as Voice of Biafra, is a radio station that was founded by the government of the defunct Republic of Biafra. It is now operated by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It is believed to have its first transmission before the Nigeria-Biafra war,[1] the radio station was instrumental in the broadcast of speeches and propaganda by Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to the people of the Republic of Biafra.[2]

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Broadcast area Worldwide
Slogan in defence of freedom
Format Conservative Talk Radio
Language(s) English, Igbo
Former frequencies 97.6 MHz
Owner Republic of Biafra
Website radiobiafra.co

TransmissionEdit

Based in the United Kingdom, Radio Biafra transmits via the internet and shortwave broadcast targeted to Eastern Nigeria.[3] Radio Biafra claims to be broadcasting the ideology of Biafra –"Freedom of the Biafran people".[4]

ControversyEdit

Radio Biafra has been met with mixed reactions. While some critics have criticized the station for "inciting war" through its programmes and "preaching hate messages" against Nigeria which it refers to as a “zoo”,[5] an editor for Sahara Reporters wrote in defence of the radio station after he compared Radio Biafra with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa service.[6]

On 14 July 2015, it was reported in the media that the radio station had been jammed because it did not have a broadcast licence from the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission.[7] However, the radio station in a swift reaction labelled such claims as "lies" and went on to release its new frequency details to the public.[8][9]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tony Adibe (15 March 2015). "My role in Radio Biafra - Pete Edochie". DailyTrust. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Barnaby Phillips (29 January 2000). "Biafran leader looks back". BBC News. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Reactions Trail The Growing Popularity Of Radio Biafra". Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Chukwuemerie Uduchukwu (18 July 2015). "Finally, Radio Biafra is off the airwaves". Premium Times. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Premium Times (15 July 2015). "Radio Biafra lying against me — Buhari". Premium Times. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Onyiorah Paschal Chiduluemije (20 July 2015). "In Defence Of Radio Biafra By Onyiorah Paschal Chiduluemije". Sahara Reporters. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nigerian Govt. lied, Radio Biafra still broadcasting". Premium Times. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  8. ^ P.M News (14 July 2015). "FG full of lies, we are still broadcasting, says Radio Biafra". P.M. News. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Radio Biafra mocks FG, releases frequency details". News Express. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015.