RPCV and Staff Recollections

Since publication of the Friends of Nigeria newsletter began in 1996, RPCVs and staff, and many others with connections to Nigeria, have penned countless stories and recollections and reminiscences of their experiences in Nigeria. If you are inspired, feel free to offer up your own recollection. There is an audience for your memories. Here are just a few.

Biafran Memories evoked by Chimamanda Adichie’s “Half a Yellow Sun”

David Strain and Andrew MacCormack reviewed Half of a Yellow Sun on in the Winter, 2006 FON Newsletter [Newsletter Volume 11 Winter 2006].

Recollections or Testimony regarding the Nigeria – Biafra War

Biafra Remembered, Chuck Ahlgren, Nigeria 4 (1962-64)

Under Curfew, a Biafran Sketch, Robert J Attaway, Nigeria 18 (1965-67)

Midwest Evacuation, John L Buchanan, Ghana 1 (1961-62) Nigerian Staff 1967

Evacuation from Biafra, Ned Greeley, Nigeria 23 (1966-67)

A Mass Murderer of Children, Tom Hebert, Nigeria 04 (1962-64)

Invasion, Herbert Howe, Nigeria 20 (1966-67)

The World is Deep – Biafran Airlift, David Koren, Nigeria 9 (1963-66)

Nigeria-Biafra Senate Hearings, Phyllis McClure, Nigeria 1 (1961-63) & Ned Greeley, Nigeria 23 (1966 – 67)

Letters and Notes from Biafra, Jonathan B Seale, Nigeria 24 (1966-67)

Biafra’s “Invasion” of Gombe, Joel Wingard, Nigeria 22 (1966-68)

Stories not directly related to the war:

A Fellowship in Eastern Nigeria, Judith McKay Sides, Nigeria 2 (1961-63)

A bu Onye Ohafia: The View from the Porch, Martin R Wong, Nigeria 5 (1962-64)

Stories from FON 2008 Nigeria Reunion Trip

In 2008, several Nigeria RPCVs went on a reunion trip to Nigeria, where they revisited towns and schools and haunts, found former students and co-workers, and saw first hand how much Nigeria had changed, and had not changed, in the intervening years.

Bob Criso Going Back, Bob Criso, Nigeria 21 (1966-67)

Lalupon Town, Charlene Baldwin, Nigeria 24 (1966-68)

Not an Ordinary Houseboy, Jody Keller, Nigeria 23 (1966-67)

Renate Schultz’s Visit to Ife, Renate Schultz, Nigeria 7 (1963-65)

Bob Criso’s Return to Ishiagu, Andy Simmonds, Nigeria 18 (1966-67)

Agents of Change, Bob Criso, Nigeria 21 (1966-67)

More Stories:

A Year Spent with Albert Schwitzer, Jack Finlay and John Skeese, Nigeria 3 (1961 – 63)

The Archbishop of Kaduna, Brian Boyle, Nigeria 6 (1962 – 64)

Football and the White House, Brian Boyle, Nigeria 6 (1962 – 64)

JFK University of Michigan Speech

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