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1-1 is good enough, congratulations to all african nations for these games. Currently I’m reading a book on Biafra (not Jello Biafra, but the short-lived African nation from 1960′s) so it’s good to watch the games and think of how things in Africa have been and still are.

On Biafra in a nutshell:

The Republic of Biafra was a secessionist state in south-eastern Nigeria. Biafra was inhabited mostly by the Igbo people and existed from 30 May 1967 to 15 January 1970. The secession was led by the Igbo due to economic, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions among the various peoples of Nigeria. The creation of the new country, named after the Bight of Biafra (the Atlantic bay to its south), was among the complex causes for the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War.

Nigeria had just become independent in the from Britain in 1960 (at independence, Nigeria had a federal constitution comprising three regions defined by the principal ethnic groups in the country – the Hausa and Fulani in the north, Yoruba in the south-west, and Ibo in the south-east.) As the economic situation worsened, ethnic tensions broke out. Up to 30,000 Ibos were killed in fighting with Hausas, and around 1 million refugees fled to their Ibo homeland in the east. In 1967, the head of the Eastern Region, Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, unilaterally declared the independent Republic of Biafra. The newly-found Biafra by the Igbo had a lot of oil (reasons of wars have always been the same), so them becoming independent from Nigeria was out of the question. The whole tale of the war is a horrible read, with killings, bombings & terror affecting women, kids, whole families. And how us Europeans often think that most wars between tribes are a consequence of centuries long competition between them, which is all false. It was simply due to the British divide et impera -tactics with giving something some, others nothing, thus creating tension and hate among the tribes.

Kwaito gem:

MP3 Mzekezeke – Amajimbos (320K) (Mediafire)

ps. Argentina – Nigeria game today