Moriah's interview with Grandma
What is your first name?
My first name is Iyabo
What is the meaning of your first name?
The meaning of Iyabo is - Mum is back - I was born after the death of my grandmother.
How old you are?
I am 59 years of age
Where were you born?
I was born in a place called MINA which is in the Northern part of Nigeria. But my dad is from a town named Ekinrin-Adde which is in Kwara State of Nigeria.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
My earliest childhood memory is when I followed my mum to where she was selling cooked food to people who worked in a fire brigade station. I remember it because I enjoyed watching the fire officers practice putting out fire.
When and why did you move to the UK?
I moved to the UK in June 1982 to join my husband (your Grandpa).
Have you lived anywhere else in the world apart from Nigeria and UK? If yes, please tell us where?
No I have only lived in Nigeria & UK
Where are most of your family based? My Mum, Siblings and other relatives all live in Nigeria. But I have 2 Nephews & 1 Niece in the UK.
Please tell us about your childhood home (What do you remember about the place you grew up?)
I have fond memories of growing up in Kaduna which is in the Northern part of Nigeria. I remember always going to my dad's printing shop after school (primary) so that he could buy me some food, sweets & popcorn.
What values and beliefs did your parents teach you?
My parents took me, my sisters & brother to church every Sunday and made sure we attended Children Sunday school. My parents taught me to believe in God, always pray, respect people and always tell the truth.
What did/do you admire about your parents?
I admired my parents for working hard to look after me and my 6 siblings. My dad was a printer and my mum was a trader (she sold food stuff), she was also a tailor.
What recipes did your mom or dad make that you still make today?
My Mum taught me how to make Chin Chin and Puff Puff which I still enjoy making.
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