The Biafran war museum, otherwise known as the National War Museum is situated close to Michael Okpara Square, Umuahia in Abia State. It is home to some of the remnants of machineries (mostly locally manufactured) used by the Biafrans during the war.
The epic collection of war machineries tell a story of the outstanding prodigy exhibited by the Biafrans during the genocidal war which began over fifty years ago. The list of war machineries include the dreaded and very famous flying Ogbunigwe, the Oguta Boy, Biafran Armoured Vehicle and many other complex machineries indigenously manufactured by the Biafran scientists in the war.
There is also a house where important pictures, smaller weapons, and political depictions during the war are stored. But we were not allowed to take pictures of them.
Close to the War museum is the Subterranean Office of The Government Of Biafra, built and accessed through Michael Okpara’s house. After the war, it was renamed Ojukwu’s Bunker. It is 26.9 ft tall and was constructed under 90 days from April to June 1967. Itt was from this building that General. Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu read out the Ahiara declaration on June 1, 1969.
Some of the war ships used in the war was also present. Other war artefacts included some of the war planes and helicopter which constituted the beehive of activities in the famous Uli airport which was said to be one of the busiest airport anywhere in the world at the time, with approximately fifty flights every night.
It was indeed a profoundly humbling experience to experience this much talked about Biafran war, not in the familiar way as in the pages of books or from routine discussion, but from an almost firsthand experience. Coming in contact with these machineries gives a certain inkling on the amount of indigenous prodigy and intelligence which had gone into fighting that futile war. It further raises questions on where the technological innovations are in the one Nigeria which the Nigerian side had restored by fighting that war.
It is also noteworthy that the feats achieved by the Biafrans during the war is yet unmatched anywhere in Africa, fifty years after.