Once in a while the Missionary Society put on special shows. Tony, Billy and I would turn up early to ensure a front seat. We brought mugs with us, and also a ha’penny each, which would ensure a mug of cocoa and a bun. Sitting munching and drinking, we would be transferred into another world.
Slides were shown using a machine called a lantern projector. We would gasp in awe as wild animals sprung to life. There would be slides of lions, tigers, wildebeest and elephants; pictures of people so black that we screamed in terror… we’d never seen a black person before. We saw pictures of huts made of mud bricks and they had a sort of grass roof. There were no toilets, and the water was collected from a well. Washing was in a river – were there no washhouses? Women carried babies on their backs – did not all babies have prams? White teachers were in classrooms in the open air, and the children sat on the ground. After the show, we would head home re-enacting different characters, be it human or animal.