Letters from Nigeria: A young American observes a newly independent country 1961-62 by Gretel ClarkLetters from Nigeria: A young American observes a newly independent country 1961-62 by Gretel Clark

Letters from Nigeria: A young American observes a newly independent country 1961-62

byGretel Clark

Hardcover | June 10, 2016

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A young American joins her husband on a pre–Peace Corps mission to newly independent Nigeria: she to work in the Ministry of Education, while he joins a team of economists sent by the Ford Foundation. Gretel’s letters home give an inside view of the fledgling government. Full-color slides bring alive the vibrant cultures of the new nation.

Life among British civil servants, visiting foreign diplomats and speculators, and daily interactions with the Nigerian people are the heart of this story. Included in Clark’s anthropological musings, and economic development theories, is the birth of her first child in a West African government hospital.
GRETEL CLARK has a BA from Vassar College, an MA from University of Michigan, and CAS from Harvard University. She has taught on four continents, raised four children, and is currently a beekeeper in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
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Title:Letters from Nigeria: A young American observes a newly independent country 1961-62Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 11 × 8 × 0.98 inPublished:June 10, 2016Publisher:Peter E. Randall PublisherLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942155131

ISBN - 13:9781942155133

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“Today Gretel Clark has a BA from Vassar College, an MA from University of Michigan, and CAS from Harvard University. She has taught on four continents, raised four children, and is currently a beekeeper in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Back when she was a young American joining her husband on a pre - Peace Corps mission to newly independent Nigeria, Gretel worked in the Ministry of Education, while her husband joined a team of economists sent by the Ford Foundation, Gretel wrote a series of letters home from 1961 to 1962 that provide a uniquely inside view of the fledgling Nigerian government. It is that correspondence that now comprises Letters from Nigeria, enhanced with a profusion of full-color photographs that bring alive the vibrant cultures of the then new African nation. Letters from Nigeria touches upon life among British civil servants, visiting foreign diplomats and speculators, and at the heart of it all, her daily interactions with the Nigerian people. Included Letters from Nigeria are Gretel’s anthropological musings, economic development theories, and the birth of her first child in a West African government hospital.Informative, extraordinary, insightful, compelling, ‘Letters from Nigeria’ is impressively well written and illustrated from beginning to end, making it very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library American Biography collections in general, and Nigerian History supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”—Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review