As a child growing up in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, I had no idea what environmental degradation was. We only knew that there was oil exploration in our communities. We didn’t know that we were dying of chemical contents such as carbon, nitrogen and sulphur
In accepting the role offered to me by Surprsing Europe, to tell my story every four weeks, I had to really think of the best way to tell my story to you through this medium. My life has been a roller coaster filled with adventure, misfortune, fortune and uncertainty. I started writing the first episode of my story while I was recovering from my kidnapping, where me and four of my Dutch friends, accompanying me on a field trip to some communities in the creek of the oil rich Niger, were taken captive. I have decided to leave the full story of what happened in that trip for a later edition.
In this first episode, I want to begin my story with the circumstances that led to fleeing my country Nigeria in 1995 for The Netherlands.