Friday 5 November 2021

My Mother as the Wife of a Military Attaché

My Father with my Mother at a function at the Nigerian High Commission in London during the early 1970s when my Father, then a Lt. Commander, was serving as the Deputy Defence Adviser.

Excerpt from my Mother’s Eulogy:

Mother returned to England with us at the end of 1970 when our Father was posted to the Nigerian High Commission in London where he would serve as the Deputy Defence Adviser. As the wife of a military attaché, she performed a range of roles including planning social functions held at the High Commission, as well as at the residences at which we lived firstly at Bexhill Road in Southgate and then at Hillview Gardens in Hendon. She also liaised with staff at Buckingham Palace in relation to several events and was privileged to have attended the Trooping the Colour, the parade marking the official birthday of the British Sovereign, viewing the ceremony from an area reserved for the diplomatic corps. She played hostess to a range of guests at our home including diplomats, Nigerian military officials and members of the Nigerian community in London and other parts of Britain.

My Mother Grace Makinde nee McIntosh passed away on September 27th, 2021.

© Adeyinka Makinde (2021)

Adeyinka Makinde is a writer based in London, England.

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