Voice of Biafra Bunker

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Location: At the National War Museum, Umuahia, Abia State.
Classification: SubterraneaWorld War II Bunker
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
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1967-1970 Biafran War.
1972 War Museum established.
1975 museum opened.
1979 museum recognized by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.


The National War Museum has three main topics: the general history of war, the Nigerian Armed Forces, and the Voice of Biafra Bunker. The last is located below the museum and may be visited self guided. A long stairway leads down into the bunker, with the portraits of the wartime opponents on opposite sides. So the portrait of the then Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, hangs directly opposite that of Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. They are followed by photographs of their lieutenants and pictures of the cruelties of the civil war.

At the bottom of the staircase to the left is a small room, the Announcer's Room of the radio station Voice of Biafra. Ojukwu repeatedly came to this place to make his announcments over the radio. This was a H.F.-10B gates short waves transmitter which is still in workling condition.