Feranmi’s interview with Granddad
What is your first name?
My first name is Abayomi.
What is the meaning of your first name?
The meaning of my name is ‘the Lord will not allow the enemies to rejoice’.
How old are you?
I am 66 years old.
Where were you born?
I was born in Ibadan which is in Nigeria.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is when my little sister was born.
When and why did you move to the UK?
I moved to the UK on the 25th of September 1978 to study.
Have you lived anywhere else in the world apart from Nigeria and UK? If yes, please tell us where?
I’ve not lived anywhere else apart from the UK and Nigeria.
Where are most of your family based?
Most of my family are based in Nigeria and the UK.
Please tell us about your childhood home (What do you remember about the place you grew up?)
My dad was a police Officer, so I had to live in the barracks.
Did your parents ever tell you about your family history? If yes, please share what they told you?
My family were the 1st to introduce the Methodist Church to Ilesha Town in Nigeria.
What values and beliefs did your parents teach you?
My parents taught me to be humble and respect my seniors.
What did/do you admire about your parents?
I admired my parents because they were hard working.
Who’s the oldest relative you remember and what do you remember about him or her?
My oldest relative was my mum and I remember she was very caring.
Tell us a memorable story about your family.
My dad was a police dispatch rider who welcomed Queen Elizabeth to Nigeria in the year 1960.
What recipes did your mom or dad make that you still make today?
I still make Okra Soup which my Grandma used to make till today.
If there was any advice you could give your younger self, what would it be?
To be humble and respectful.
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