Yemi Elegunde wrote his first book "Time Will Tell" from his memoirs in 2011, due to the unprecebented interest in his story, he updated the book in the new version of the same titled book published on the 2nd of January 2014.
He was born in London, England in 1966. Before he had turned 8 years old, he and his younger sister disappeared from their home in London with their dad, leaving their mum behind. He grew up in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country. He finished his primary, secondary and A/Level education in Nigeria and lived there for over 14 years.
The events of discovering his new life and a whole new world and learning to adapt to it, plus the long term scars inspired him to write his book "Time Will Tell", hoping that it may one day help many a child, mother or father to understand the effects of international parental abduction on the child.
Today he works as an IT Sales Manager for a large American components manufacturer, Western Digital. He lives in Bedfordshire, South East England where amogst his extra curricular hobbies he is an experienced county F.A Referee. He has one daughter Shaya.
Who would want to read my story? Only time will tell. This book is the result of nearly 6 years of me writing down my memories of events that had played on my mind for close to 30 years. Writing and completing this story was very therapeutic for me. Although I kept a diary in some of the very early years described in this book, most of what I have written is actually from my clearly vivid memory. Once in a while I would sit with friends, colleagues and even strangers and the topic of me and my sister having being smuggled away to Nigeria while we were kids would crop up, I would have to elaborate on this topic a little more and my audience would always be intrigued. Time after time the same opinion would come up from them. “You should write about this” they would say and I would say yeah maybe one day. Sooner or later I began to realise that I did in fact hold a lot of memory and thoughts about those years we had spent in Nigeria, so that by the time I had heard Jo Larsen, the wife of a colleague tell me once again to write about this subject, I realised that perhaps I should take the advice more serious. So In June 2005 I began to type, re-type, delete then start all over again, slowly but surely the pages just kept coming. A lot of people have helped me along the way, some just by telling me to write about my experiences and by telling me how much they would love to read my story. Others kindly read my manuscripts, some, more than once. Some really pushed me to keep feeding them with more pages; collectively they pushed me all the way to the end of this book.
Life in Pro's and Con's
Playing and officiating Football; watching movies, listening to music, keeping fit & reading
Reunite.org (parental child abduction)
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