My Nigeria, My Heritage, My Identity (The early years)

And the nostalgia continues

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English: Political map of the 36 States of Nig... English: Political map of the 36 States of Nigeria (English) Deutsch: politische Karte Nigerias (Englisch) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I first set my eyes on my beautiful heritage shortly after the civil war 1969, 9 years post independent Nigeria. In my little mind I could not understand why so many black people in their Sunday bests speaking in an alien language dancing with drums and horsetail (Irukere as it is known in my native language Yoruba) had come out to meet us. They were singing our praise names (Oriki as it is called in my native language Yoruba) touching and adoring us. Prominent among these people was my maternal Grandfather known as ‘Young Ade’. I got to know him much better over the next few years. In my young eyes my grandfather was a Black Englishman. He was dapper and very smart he had a Citroen that rose and fell…

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