|Key stages of my growing up, from when I
was born in the ancient city of Kaduna in
northern Nigeria, to my pre-teen years in
Enugu, eastern Nigeria.
|Kaduna, northern Nigeria, 1961. I was born in this ancient city. In both pictures I am
wearing a dress because my mother hoped that I would be a girl and prepared for the arrival
of a daughter. The young woman in the picture to the right is my mother.
|Enugu, then East Central State,
1971. I was in Elementary Five.
|England, 1962/63. I am coming from the rear, in red. My
immediate older brother, Charles and our mother are walking
ahead. My father was on an army officers course at the time.
|Enugu, 1972, just before I became
a secondary school student.
|Left, April 24 1972, in Enugu, Nigeria.
My younger sister, Philippa, was
celebrating her second birthday. From
left to right are: me; Valentine, my oldest
brother; the celebrant, Philippa; and
Charles, my direct older brother.
|My brother, Charles (to the left) and I in the Aran
Islands, Ireland, during the summer of 1970. The
Nigerian-Biafran War had ended in January of that
year and Ireland provided refuge for Biafran
children and their families.
|Enugu, 1971. I am carrying my younger sister,
Philippa, who was only one at the time. Face at
right is that of my brother, Francis, who was six.
|Enugu, 1972. Left to right, Francis,
Philippa, and I.
|Left to right, Francis and I, Enugu,