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A new book by Floyd Sandford '61 is described as "the entertaining, often humorous, memoirs and adventures of a Peace Corps science teacher, living, traveling and working in Nigeria, West Africa, in the 60's."

African Odyssey: The adventurous journeys of a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa was published in June, 2007, by iUniverse. In it, Sandford "recounts the challenges and frustrations of teaching secondary school science in Nigeria from 1964-66, just prior to the tragic Biafran War. [He] describes memorable, often humorous, experiences living and working in Nigeria and traveling throughout the country, including unusual dining experiences, an embarrassing church visit, his first haircut by an African barber, and an encounter with a traditional Yoruba healer or juju man. He also relates traveling to National Parks and interesting locales in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, in East Africa, and his adventures there, including meeting Jomo Kenyatta in Mombasa, the Hyena Man in Harar, and surviving an elephant stampede in Murchison Falls National Park."

Sandford earned his St. Lawrence degree in biology and was elected to the national academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and is an emeritus professor of biology at Coe College in Iowa.

Posted: July 5, 2007

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