From the bright lights of London's Holland Park into the power cuts and very rural life of Lagos state in Nigeria, all in the blink of an eye.
This is the true story of a family torn apart by International Parental Child Abduction.
In September 1973, Yemi was just seven years old when he and his younger sister were taken away from England by their dad without their mum's knowledge or consent. They lived and grew up in Nigeria for over fourteen years, where the only communication they had with their mum was by letters.
Without social media, computers or mobile phones, how does a mother track down her missing children? How do the children adapt to the sudden change of lifestyle?
This is the story of the events through the eyes of that seven-year-old child, from the moment he realised he was in a different country. Yemi relates the stark change of culture, the new family and the voyage of self-discovery. The book covers his roller-coaster young life of apprehensions and ecstasy, his rebellions, and his loves. It follows his anger as he grew from boy to teenager and his eventual reconciliation with himself and his parents.
What kind of man would that boy grow up to be? Time Will Tell.
Yemi Elegunde was born in London in 1966. At the age of 7, he and his sister were taken by 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 this book, hoping that it may one day help many a child, mother or father to understand the effects of parental abduction on the child. Today he works as an IT Sales Manager for a large American components manufacturer and lives in Bedfordshire, where, amongst his hobbies, he is an experienced county F.A Referee. He has one daughter.