Biafra agitation is something that no one can probably take away from the Igbos at the moment. Every generation since the civil war know the Biafran struggle. There is a huge chance the fight for freedom may not end as easy as most people think.
The SouthEast region of Nigeria is occupied by Igbos. At the moment, the region is made up of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo State.
The Igbos are known for their industrious and business savvy nature. Apart from that, they are also blessed with large mineral deposits including crude oil, natural gas, coal, rock, arable lands and abundance of human resources.
This is what each state will be bringing to the table if they finally get Biafra:
1) Abia State
Abia State is one of the biggest oil producing region in the East.
Apart from oil which makes up 35% of the states IGR, they are blessed with huge deposits of Limestone (for building), Gypsum, Kaolin (for paint production), Zinc & Lead, Copper, Laterite, Bentonite Clay, Phosphate, etc.
Most of these mineral resources are still untapped and can be a source of huge revenue for the Biafran nation.
This list comprises of only the discovered ones that are already commercialised in many advanced countries.
Abia is also home to Aba, the alleged Japan of Africa. Ariaria International market is located in the heart of this city. Abia State is the “5th most industrialized state in the country, and has the 4th highest index of human development in the country” according to reports.
Abia have access to the sea through Azumini Blue River ( 23 nautical miles to the Atlantic Ocean) and the state is regarded as the largest cattle market in Nigeria.
2) Imo State
The Eastern heartland is blessed with a lot of mineral resources and human capital.
According to a 2021 report by Nigerianinfopedia, Imo is the most educated state Nigeria. It also has the largest Local Government Areas in the SouthEast with 27.
With so many resorts and tourists attraction, plus the indigenous bongo music, Imo State is unarguably the centre of entertainment in Igbo land. This has led to a booming hospitality business in the state capital, Owerri.
Imo is among the crude oil producing areas and one of the biggest palm oil producers in Nigeria. They also have Gypsum, Fine Sand, Lead/Zinc, Lignite, Limestone, Marcasite, natural gas, Phosphate, White Clay and Salt. They have an indigenous cargo airport too and have one of the best wood markets in the region.
3) Anambra State
Anambra occupies an important place in Igbo land. It is home to huge deposits of natural gas. The state is also blessed with crude oil, ceramic and Bauxite. Aside that, it is the leader in carvings and metalwork in Nigeria.
Anambra State is home to Innoson motors and many indigenous markets that serve local and international customers. This makes the state a commercial hub. It is known to be the state with the highest number of millionaires in Igbo land and lowest poor people in Nigeria. According to reports, they are blessed with one of the best arable lands in the country.
Onitsha, a commercial city, is part of this great Igbo state. The city is home to the biggest market in Africa – “Onitsha Main Market”. The commercial city has access to River Niger and is a thriving centre for Nollywood movies alongside Lagos and Aba.
4) Enugu State
The state has an abundance of mineral resources. The most widely known of this resources is coal. Gypsum, Glass sand, Iron ore, Limestone, Oil Shade and Alum are among the most notable in the state.
The former capital of Biafra is home to Akanu Ibiam International Airport. It’s hilly terrains and lush estates continue to provide filming locations for Nollywood movies. Like Imo, Enugu State is also known for it’s blend of highlife music.
5) Ebonyi State
They are the agricultural centre of Igbo land. Unlike most Southeastern states, Ebonyi has commenced utilisation of it’s massive natural resources, leading to the rapid development. It is the state with the largest salt deposit in Nigeria, and carries this tag as it’s main logo – “Salt of the Nation”. They are also blessed with Gold, Kaolin and Zinc/Lead.
The major agricultural products produced for commercial use in the state include yam, rice, plantain, banana, cassava, palm oil, cashew, maize, timber and natural rubber. Abakiliki Rice is a household name in the region and other Igbo states.
Collectively, Igbos have produced some of the best writers in the world as well as movie superstars, world acclaimed footballers, popular musicians, business moguls, etc. It’s safe to say that Biafra won’t be lacking in the entertainment sector.