Biographical Introduction bv Kay W illiamson The Nigerian writer and story-teller Richard Ayeberemo Deribi Freemann died at Port Harcourt on 3rd August, 2002. According to his official records, he was bom on 24th May, 1944 in what is now Bayelsa State, Eastern Nigeria, in the village of Ikebiri, formerly within the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, now in the Apoi/Olodiama Local Government Area. Richard Freemann received his primary education in Ossiama from 1953 to 1957, and his secondary education, from 1957 to 1960, in Bomadi. In the early 1960s he moved to the Nigerian capital, Ibadan, where I was working on the Izon language. The Izon language is spoken in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, with many dialectical variations, and is rich in imaginative stories and expressions.



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