Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Editorial.
Every life story of our authors is fascinating and provides an important insight into each family’s history. LifeBook is proud to have been involved in the private family autobiography of Julie Coker, former Nigerian television broadcaster and founder of the Richard Coker Foundation charity that supports research into sickle cell anaemia.
That’s a good question; I gave my aunt a LifeBook because I thought it was good way to get her involved in something quite cerebral or cognitive and I’m finding that it actually helps and inspires her day-to-day, so it was not only to keep her feeling vibrant but also to record her life.
How long have we got for that kind of question? My auntie is Nigerian and she’s lived through the civil war of Nigeria in the 1960s at which time she was Miss Nigeria and I suppose our auntie’s a bit of a Moira Stewart, as she was a newscaster for 30 years in Nigeria. She also dated certain presidents, saw overthrows and underthrows through our whole Nigerian society, culture and history. She knows a little bit about everyone and I felt it was so nice that we had such a treasure in our own family that we could maybe historically write about and give everyone a piece of this in a way.
They do, my sisters know. I’ve got two sisters, of which one is a journalist and very interested in the whole package of LifeBook. I’m going to Nigeria this evening, funnily enough, and I’ll be seeing a lot more of the family and I know that my auntie’s sister (not my mother who passed away unfortunately 20 years ago, but my auntie’s other sister) was so excited about it that I think she’s considering it for herself.