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Title:Diary of a Colonial Wife: An African Experience
Author:Sharwood-Smith, Joan (British)ISNI
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Radcliffe Press
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:This book is the account of a life spent in Northern Nigeria for nearly twenty years from 1939 to the eve of Nigerian independence. The author's husband was posted at various places in the region including Kontagora, Mina, Kano, Sokoto, and Bornu, before ending his career as Governor of Northern Nigeria. The book is a tale of two cultures. The author involved herself deeply in Nigerian life, learning Hausa in order to communicate with the people, but at the same time it reflects her own life as a British civil service wife, with its concomitant rewards and tribulations, like long periods of separation from her children. One particularly interesting period was the time she spent working for transfrontier intelligence with the French after the fall of France in 1940.