Surprised and Disappointed
I was completely surprised on Tuesday night! Hard to believe how wrong the polls were.
What about you?
I was also disappointed. On Tuesday afternoon I had volunteered at the Westport Democratic Headquarters.
My assignment was to call registered Democrats to ask if they’d voted and remind them if they hadn’t.
I had to check a box for each call. ‘Already voted’, ‘Plans to vote,’ are a couple of choices. Others were ‘Not home,’ ‘Refused/hung up,’ ‘Wrong number.’
I made more than 100 calls. I reached 8 or 9 people. One man had difficulty hearing me. I finally shouted, “Are you voting today?”
“I ain’t votin’ for no one. They’re all stupid. F. . . ’em all!” he said. I clicked the box for ‘refused,’ took a deep breath and moved on. I wonder if he was surprised on Tuesday.
Voted for Roosevelt
Later I reached a woman whose profile said she was 93. She said, “Of course I voted. I voted for Hillary.”
I thanked her. Then she said, “I’m 94. I’ve voted every time since I first voted for Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
I didn’t ask which year. Roosevelt was elected four times. But I figure if she’s now 94, she was born in 1922. She would have been 21 by 1943, so she must have voted when he ran for a 4th term in 1944!
Jim Himes, the Congressman from Connecticut’s 4th District, came by.
The atmosphere was upbeat. I was optimistic, like everyone else there. A couple of people reminded me to stop by later for the party.
Jim Himes was re-elected. But I doubt if there was a party.
Africa in Words
I follow the blog Africainwords. (Take it apart and you’ll see the name – it took me a few times!)
Often there is a book review; sometimes there are calls for papers. That’s where I found the conference on Igbo women in 2015 in London. I submitted an abstract on Igbo widowhood and inheritance.
I was thrilled to have my paper accepted. I read it as part of a panel at the conference.
A few days ago I saw another call for papers for the Igbo conference, this time not just on women. “Legacies of Biafra: Reflections on the Nigeria-Biafra war 50 years on” is the theme. The organisers (not a spelling error; it’s British) list twelve suggested topics.
There is none that says, Pick Me! But I could probably make something work. I did live in Biafra from the time of the declaration of independence May 1967 to Sept. 1968. The war ended in January 1970. So I was there for half of it!
Deadline is end of December.
These days I try to go to conferences only if I’m presenting, so I need to think hard. If you’ve read my memoir, look at the suggestions in the list and help me decide!
Today Africainwords had an enticing review of the new book, Route 234 An Anthology of Nigerian Travel Writing. Jade Lee who wrote the review says, “The anthology is varied enough to cater to a broad audience but, for me, the stand out pieces were those that incorporated broad social observations with meaningful personal interactions.”
One author talks about living in Amsterdam.
She finds the Dutch attention to time management alienating. How can one live, the writer asks, “where you have to schedule weeks ahead to have a dinner date with a friend?” So contrary to Nigerian life!
Another author writes about meeting a European woman who organizes cultural ventures in East Africa. Seeing the (I assume) Masai women dress up to dance for tourists is jolting, she says. She asks whether a white woman should be in charge of this event.
Lee concludes her review, “For me, the strength of Route 234 lies in its ability to re-centre the travel narrative in different places with different points of view whilst maintaining a nuanced and, ultimately, humane attitude to other peoples and cultures.”
I would have said that I don’t like travel writing or short stories, but this book might change my mind. And I love the name, Route 234. Do you know the significance of the title ‘234?’
Female Colonial Officer
But the most fascinating item was about the reviewer’s PhD thesis.
As part of her studies at SOAS, “Jade undertook archival research which led to the discovery of an unpublished book by a female Colonial Officer serving in what was then the British Cameroons. This formed the genesis of her PhD which is entitled ‘Women of the British Colonial Service: Contested Identities and Liminal Lives, 1936 – 1961.’
I’ll have to look up ‘liminal.’ Does it mean limited?
President Buhari and Trump
Many world leaders have congratulated Trump on his victory.
President Buhari was among them.
“President Buhari in a statement by a media aide, Femi Adesina, congratulated Mr. Trump, saying he ‘looks forward to working together with President-elect Trump, . . . including cooperation on many shared foreign policy priorities, such as the fight against terrorism, peace and security, economic growth, democracy and good governance.’”
I like the way Buhari’s name comes before Obama’s in this headline.
Belated Halloween Picture
Our grandchildren Teya and Bruche had an American Halloween this year. Sam’s wife Onome is in California studying for her Master’s degree in Human Resources.
Teya, age 7, was a movie star – perfect for her! She is an amazing dancer with a real sense of drama!
Bruche was Spiderman. Perfect for an active 5-year old boy. I wonder if they’ve finished their candy yet; maybe we’ll find out if we talk to them this weekend.
Reminds me that I spent the year 1975-76 in California for my MEd. I had the 3 kids, ages 9, 7, and 3 with me. What did we do for Halloween?