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Life in Europe
“In Germany I met an American soldier, Edward Crooke. We met in a bar where I worked to earn some money. I was one of the few there who spoke English. The soldier invited me to go work in the US. I was hired as a lecturer to the GIs to teach them about Africa. My classes were known as “Free Lectures”, they’d just ask me questions and I would answer. Sample questions I got were “Mr Momo, do Africans still build their houses in the trees?” or “Is Morocco part of Africa?” I used to tell them about the colonial history, the language etc.”
“I taught the American GIs for 9 months and then the police came looking for me. I’d applied to come study German so they were looking for me to offer me a job. I worked in a factory producing all sorts of oral hygiene products. I was young, and had white teeth, so they paid me to smile and wear a white gown.”
“The Americans came looking for me and I met them at the bar in which I used to work. They brought along a white girl who immediately fell in love with me. She was there for the holidays and we went around together. When the girl was going back to the US (she was working for the Congress) she asked me to come.”
“One day she sent me a note along with $500 asking me to come to the States. I had to bring the note to the American embassy to obtain a K visa, a visa for a fiancé. I lived in West Germany and went to Bonn, the capital of West Germany, to get my visa.”
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