Abduhl Sheikh

Born: 10th March 1942

Nairobi, Kenya

Date of interview: 24th May 2006

Map showing where Abduhl Sheikh came from

So do you know how much that was?

I think the primary education used to be five shillings a month. A hell of a lot of money in those days ... and of course you had to buy your own books, You know the exercise books. The textbooks used to be supplied by the school and if you damaged it you had to replace it. That's about the only thing the school used to supply and when you got into the secondary education they used to supply you with ink. Powdered ink and you had to mix it with water. I've still got a small tin left upstairs. I'll show it to you later on. You just mix it with a little bit in there, it's blue-black ink. You had to use either a pen, with a nib and a holder, we used to call it nib holder or a fountain pen and in those days there used to tubes in it and a little lever. So you press the lever out and you would dip your pen into the inkpot and you would press the lever back and it sucked it up. Those were the things we were allowed to use. No Biros, pencils ... yes, coloured pencil, yes.