Harmattan, A Wind of Change: Life & Letters from Northern Nigeria at the End of Empire

Harmattan, A Wind of Change: Life & Letters from Northern Nigeria at the End of Empire

ISBN: 184885143X

ISBN 13: 9781848851436

Publication Date: April 15, 2010

Publisher: Radcliffe Press

Pages: 304

Format: Hardcover

Author: Carolyn Johnston

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The end of empire, a romantic story and the social life and culture of an elite British colony -- these are the fascinating themes to emerge from this unique collection of letters and diary entries. It is an inside story of Northern Nigeria's independence and of a clash of cultures.

Tim Johnston's background was rich in imperial tradition and, after Oxford, he joined the British Colonial Service in Northern Nigeria. Berrice was from a very different background -- a broken home and work in a dress-shop at the age of 14. War service provided a powerful and romantic link: Tim became a war hero and decorated fighter pilot, Berrice served in the ATS and they married in 1942. Tim Johnston returned to Northern Nigeria after the war, served his apprenticeship as a District Officer and rose to be Deputy Governor -- a vital role on the path to independence -- with Berrice expected to assume the role of 'senior wife' in the social life of the colony.

Carolyn Johnston has woven together a delightful and revealing series of letters and diary entries from her parents which show the social tensions of colonial life and illuminate Northern Nigeria on the brink of independence.

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