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The Gleeful Memories of a History-maker and the Violence that brought it Back

Historian Peter Haring Judd shares his memories from Africa


We don’t often find what we are destined for when we are at a younger age. Academically, we might be able to achieve more than what an average person can hope to in their entire lifetime but in the end, we find ourselves stuck in mediocrity and unfulfillment. However, this is just how life keeps things interesting. One moment you are stuck in the four corners of your mediocre workplace, and then the next, you find yourself seated on a plane bound to Africa.
This is a recollection of an unsung hero who once ushered a historical event and provide education and hoped to create a better system for the then British-colonized Africa.
In his book, “Figures in a Spare Landscape: Serving in The Twilight of Empire,” Bornu Province, Nigeria, 1959-60, the author and historian Peter Haring Judd, shares his experiences during the nine months he spent as a history teacher at a secondary school in Maiduguri, the provincial capital of Bornu Province, now Borno and the Fune States in northeastern Nigeria where he also served as an election supervisor, helping usher a significant part of African history.
What were scribbles in his ledger-sized notebooks that made it to print fifty years later? He was compelled by news of violence, lawlessness, terrorism, and destruction that are widespread in the Borno and Fune States right now.
This memoir is an homage to the people he had close encounters with and had been part of his life for the short nine months he spent there. He recounts the freedom back then and the openness and friendliness of the people he brushed shoulders with. He wrote the book in details that will make you feel like you were there with him, sharing conversations with the people of Burno Province.
Deeply saddened by the current events in Maiduguri, he hopes to open the eyes of the world through this book. He hopes that one day, the world will no longer turn a blind eye to the sufferings and cry for help from Africa.
Learn more. Grab your copy at:
Figures in a Spare Landscape: Serving in the Twilight of Empire Born Province, Nigeria 1959–60
Author: Peter Haring Judd
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Published Date:  December 2020
Book Genre:  History, Memoir
Target Audience: Fascinated by the land, people, the historic situation.
About the Author
Peter Haring Judd is the editor/author of “The Akeing Heart: Letters between Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland and Elizabeth Wade White” published in March 2018 in the UK by Handheld Press. Among his other books are genealogical studies presented within a historical context, “The Hatch and Brood of Time: Five Phelps Families in the Atlantic World, 1720–1880” (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 1999); “More Lasting than Brass: A Thread of Family from Revolutionary New York to Industrial Connecticut” (Boston: The Northeastern University Press and the Newbury Street Press, 2004). He edited and introduced “African Independence: The Exploding Emergence of the New African Nations” (New York: Dell Publishing Co, 1962), a mass market paperback that reportedly sold 70,000 copies at a time of great interest in the emerging sates of Africa.

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 Peter Haring Judd

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