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The First Communist in Fort Jamieson: Recollections of Africa and other places, 1955-2018 by Nigel Watt


A life story which is mostly about Africa, including Zambia before and after independence and the author’s time as Director of the Africa Centre. He also describes his role in the international voluntary service movement.

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Anyone who mixed with Africans and supported their advancement labelled a communist by white people in Rhodesia. Nigel Watt went to Fort Jameson in Northern Rhodesia in 1961 as a colonialist who was opposed to colonialism and he stayed on to run a school in independent Zambia – a time of great change. Most of his life has revolved around Africa. This autobiography covers his early years, his love of railways, his travels in Africa and to India, his years as Director of the Africa Centre in London at a time when it was at its most vibrant He describes his time in Congo and in Burundi where his work for reconciliation earned him an MBE. He describes the development of the workcamp movement and his part in this, working for International Voluntary Service (GB) which led to involvement in southern Africa, and later for CCIVS, the worldwide co-ordinator based at UNESCO.

This book adds interesting extra detail to the historical record of Zambia and Africa over the past sixty years. It also records with humour a very interesting life story.

Keith Shiri writes: With his comprehension of African politics and culture he became the director of the Africa Centre at a crucial time… He was determined to allow this London base to be a sanctuary and a platform for conversations between African political exiles and cultural activists.

20 photos – Publication Date: October 2018
Market: Autobiographical, African interest, Peace movement. Voluntarism. Historical.
Bisac FIC029000 140 x 200 mm ; 200 pages.

Pbk ISBN: 978-0-9935036-7-2 GBP 15.99


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