My Odyssey, My Country

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
The author recollects his quest of a better future for himself, his family, and his native country stemming from ideals he obtained from his childhood Western education and conversion to the Christian faith. His hopes were thrwarated by Nigeria's political and religious troubles resulting in his exile to America, then seeing his family broken time and again. Though forthrightly recalling these failures, their remain for the author: his faith in God, his love for his family and countrymen, and his hope for the future of both.

These memoirs include some plactical advice for Nigeria that are based on the beginnings of his adopted United States of America. There is needed a Plymouth Rock type of partnership between government and an enterprising community of faith. From pioneering studies developed by the author and his friends, Cephas Tardzer explains how this can begin in Benue State.

Duffel bag pictured on front cover is worn by the elders of the author's TIV tribe, symbolizing their responsibility for the welfare of the people.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Prologue
15
Map of Nigeria
57
Map of Benue State
58
Quest for a Belief System
59
End of My Schooling at KatsinaAla
63
Career Begins
65
Police College at Ikeja
69
Western Colorado University
144
Detroit Michigan
146
Alberthas Divorce
153
Meeting Kathy
155
Naturalization
157
Arlene
159
AlberthaArlene Nexus
162
The South
165

Posting to Jos
72
Seeds of Discord
74
Islam and Tolerance
79
Mothers Visit
82
Transfer to Minna
84
Training in the United Kingdom
86
Elizabeth
89
New York
91
Return to Nigeria
94
Kaduna
96
Transfer to Kakuri
98
Transfer to Makurdi
100
Marriage to Patti
106
Return to Ilorin
109
A Phantom Charge
113
Meeting Albertha
117
Transfer to Port Harcourt
121
Alberthas Pregnancy
123
Retirement from Police Work
124
Mothers Death
128
Move to Juladaco
130
Return Home to Mbawer
131
Reactionary Agitation
134
Departure for USA
138
Arrest by Fraudulent Officers
140
Montgomery Alabama
142
An Encounter
167
Marriage to Kathy
169
Greater Atlanta
171
Mercer University
173
Nigeria Revisited
175
My Uncles Visit
180
Fathers Death
182
Starting a Business
184
Divorce
186
My Sisters Death
188
Return to Private Business
191
Telecommunion Nigeria Project
192
Report
195
Meeting Priscilla
199
Marriage to Priscilla
201
Retirement Plans
205
Central Florida
208
A Prognosis
212
The Way Forward
217
Conclusion
231
My Hopes
236
For my Children
237
For Benue State
240
Glossary
244
Index
247
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