'For centuries, England has sent its people overseas to support far flung colonies, part of a once sprawling and diverse empire. Each country flew the union flag from their public building and was under the governance of a British representative of the monarch.
Progressively, through the 20th Century, accelerated by the far-reaching effects of two world wars, countries within the Empire sought their independence, each to become members of a new Commonwealth of Nations. The sun was to finally set on the British Empire.]It was in these twilight years of colonial rule that Jack Muggeridge, a middle-aged Civil Engineer, responded to an offer of employment in Nigeria. He was following a path well-trodden by many professionals before him, all helping to build and maintain the fragile infrastructure of developing countries. These were still heavily reliant on expatriate management skills and expertise.
Jack worked in Nigeria, living away from his family back home in England to see the granting of Independence. He then remained through the periods of great social turbulence and political uncertainty which followed. Next, came a hard fought and civil war. Throughout, he concentrated on his particular areas of responsibility, moving from region to region and tackling new engineering projects. Increasingly, his colleagues were no longer fellow expatriates but a new educated generation of professional Nigerians, one of whom would rise to become the nations first democratically Executive President.
This is a fascinating memoir of a man who fell in love with Nigeria and its people, wrestling with the daily challenged that befall a civil engineer.'