Portrait Photography and Storytelling - London - Maurice Nwokeji (IJah) - Born Akuma, Biafra 1961
Photographs I created for Hackney Museum, London . This content was made for storytelling and exhibition purposes.
We lived in a mud hut, me and my brother and my grandmother in a beautiful village called Akuma. We were like wild kids,hunting with catapults. I was five when the war started and to me that was the way the world was. Thanks to the Red Cross, I didn’t die of hunger but I came very near to it. When I came to Hackney my parents were strange people. I’d never met them or seen them... I felt very isolated. I got knocked down quite a few times by cars. I found it really strange having to stay indoors and I’d feel hot and take all my clothes off. Because I was naked all my life I couldn’t work out what all the fuss was about.