Friday Night's Nigerian Dinner

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The final event for F.O.N. members at the Nashville reunion was a Nigerian dinner at that city’s First Unitarian Church. The meal included traditional favorites like yam fufu, egusi soup, moi-moi, jollof rice and fried plantains.
Image:Nigerian feast rotated.jpg Gorgeous food + photo of a photo being taken.
Our caterer was Elizabeth O., a native of Benin City, who prepared and served the splendid meal with the help of her two adult sons and two adult daughters. Image:Elizabeth o. rotated.jpg Our caterer, Odion Oaihimire. Her American name is Elizabeth.
In an effort to make the experience even more authentic, the members of the organizing committee (Greg Jones, Steve Manning, Steve Wasserman, Carole Sherman and Barbara Bush) mounted a valiant search for Star Beer, which proved to be unsuccessful. So the committee chose Lone Star, a Texas brew, to take its place. Nobody was fooled.

About 45 F.O.N. members showed up for the event, as did our guest of honor, Moses Ochonu, whose talk the day before about the origins of Boko Haram was so informative. Most of the diners wore casual western clothes, as did Professor Ochonu. But a few brave souls, including Johnny Skeese, Jack Finlay and Ted Holm made a bold fashion statement by appearing in full tribal regalia.
Image:Moses ochonu & Jack finlay reduced.jpg Moses Ochonu and Jack Finlay.
Note the [Lone] Star beer in the foreground.
Image:Johnny skeeze rotated.jpg As the nametag says, Johnny Skeese.
Probably about to tell a story, as soon as he snaps the picture. Image:Ted helm & wife reduced.jpg Ted Holm + wife Phyllis.
For Clem Onyemelukwe, of course, it was probably not so much a fashion statement as a matter of tradition and comfort. High-Life music played in the background as the guests milled around, chatting with each other. Once they sat down to eat, lively conversations continued at every table, including reminiscences of Nigeria, accounts of more recent excursions to Africa, and speculation about the World Cup.

The evening went by quickly. As it wound down, Greg Jones led the guests in a round of hearty applause for the organizing committee and for the caterers. After everyone else left, a few selfless volunteers stayed behind to fold and put away the tables and chairs and straighten up the room, a task which felt like it was completed in record time.

Needless to say, several group pictures were taken.

Image:IMG 0475 30%.jpgAlan Frishman, Dave Keeley (in the hat!), Chris Clarkson, Pete Stolzman


Here we have some bozos trying to assemble Group 22. Image:IMG 5765.JPG


Group 22 in all its glory. Image:Group 22 at church.jpg
Pat + Nat Ellis (still tall, less skinny), Greg Jones, Barbara Jones, Dave Keeley, Chris Clarkson, Alan Frishman, Dick Holmquist


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Same group, different angle. Still just as youthful! Since when was Group 22 all male?


Image:Couple from KY.jpg A couple from Kentucky.
Either Andrew MacCornack + wife or Bill Schreiber + co. Please identify yourselves!


Image:Bored wives.jpg Bored wives: Lee Stolzman, ?? Clarkson, & Phyllis Holm.


Image:Small budabbott.jpg Bud Abbott - he must be telling a story!


Image:Cathy onyemelukwe.jpg Cathy Onyemelukwe taking a picture of Johhny Skeese.
Jack Finlay's daughter + wife are in the foreground. Names please!


Image:Small stev&rosemanning.jpg Steve & Rose Manning at the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant.

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