Passing Time is a place where I can write about the things that interest, challenge and move me. These range from French writer Michel Butor, through the history of Occupied France, the work of W G Sebald and 20th century music, to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, the Hillsborough disaster – and Dr Who.
I’m an administrator at the University of Sheffield, where I’m also a part-time PhD student in the French department, doing research on intertextuality and dialogue in Sebald and Butor, and interrogating both writers’ representations of the city (Manchester in particular).
I grew up in West Africa, an experience which has been hugely influential on me, and which can be evidenced not only in my enthusiastic support for Ghana’s national football team (in contrast to my often despairing loyalty to Nottingham Forest), but also in my interest in postcolonial African history and, because I lived in Northern Nigeria during the bloody preamble to the Civil War, in genocide and xenophobia wherever they manifest themselves. Alongside my work, my studies, and my family life, I am passionate about music, literature and visual art.
I write here in a purely personal capacity. All views expressed are my own and do not represent my employer or any other organisation with which I am involved.