Super 8 Stories: Nigerian Railroad





1950s, 1960s



06min 38sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Tony Grant

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Tony and Meriel Grant share their memories of leaving Northern Ireland for the then-colony of Nigeria when Tony was offered an important job in expanding Nigeria's rail newtwork. They were married in Nigeria and their son, David, spent his early years there with them and all three of them recount these long-gone days of Empire and steam trains through the home movie footage they shot. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 3 of 'Super 8 Stories'.

Shot List

Nigerian music and dance in middle of market place. Various shots of Nigerians working on laying of railway-track overseen by man from Northern Ireland. Line up of colonists posing for camera. Various shots on deck and around swimming pool on board cruise ship. Pillow fight of greasy pole over swimming pool. Driving shots through Nigeria with native people carrying baskets on head by side of road. Wedding of colonists in Nigeria. Train leaving station and then high speed shots of journey from front window of train. Colonist overseeing work by the trackside and colonists’ son pulling along toy train and walking with father by side of track. More heavy work on laying track. Colonists being served tea at large house, then posing for camera in a group and swimming in pool. Tennis match, more shots of tea on porch and colonist having his hair trimmed by servant. Line-up of colonists and Nigerians with very old style camera on tripod photographing them. Walking onto runway at airport and plane taking off with crowds waving.


Narrator: Maire Jones; Programme Accountant: Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant: Gillian Halliday; Camera: Michael Quinn; Sound: Paul Maynes; Music Consultants: Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Graphics: Alan Perry; Dubbing: One Zero Zero; Online Editor: Jonathan Fetherston; Researcher: Ben Price; Archivist: Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer: Jenny Waugh; Editor: Paul Devlin; Executive Producers: Alex Johnston, Michael Hewitt; Producer: Diarmuid Lavery; Director: Brian Henry Martin



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