REEL 1 Background in Thornton Heath, 1929-1950: family; education; evacuation to Harrogate during Second World War; education at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Recollections of period as colonial administrator with Colonial Service in Nigeria, 1953-1957: background to joining service including learning Ibo at School of African Studies; his presence at court cases; voyage to Nigeria, 1953; initial experiences of Nigerian railways; character of Aba district; first three months in Okigwe; return to Aba; contrast between district office and UAC buildings in Aba.
REEL 2 Continues: contracting dysentery; riot outbreak during secret ballot election; organisation and role of police in Aba; rules of riot control; character of Enugu coal mines riot; attempt of Aba police to deal with electoral riots; looting of council office by rioters; method of dispersing crowds of women marching on government treasury; role of palm-oil women in agitations; character of riots in eastern areas; financial effects of introduction of universal primary education; character of Ibo population; trade conducted by Ibos; statutory monopoly system introduced in 1929 to fight market price fluctuations; traders involved in Nigerian trade; memories of Ojukwu later leader of Biafra; bus service organised by Ojukwus; his definition of liberal character of British administration in Nigeria; his move from Aba to Owerri; role of Ibo sacred kings.
REEL 4 Continues: character of administrators he worked with in Oweri; courts appeals system; attitude of administration towards politicians especially Kingsley Martin; his relationship with Sir Andrew Urquart; story of police foray into bush to apprehend thieves; drum beating system in Oweri; litigiousness of Ibo and workings of court system; responsibilities in Orlu division; system of Ibos investing in western legal education; beating to death of barrister Osunyi Agocha after road accident.
REEL 5 Continues: attempt to clear up death of Osunyi Agocha; opportunities for malpractice by traffic policemen; performance of his Nigerian colleague ADO Celestine including his handling of Empire Day; his job in Secretariat in Establishment branch; importance of hearing complaints in the bush; question of degree of achievements; reasons for leaving Nigeria, 1957; nature of his job in Enugu.
REEL 6 Continues: insight into workings of Secretariat; memories of Independence Day, 1957; question of safety of British administrators; lack of hostility to British presence; his attitude to having served in Nigeria; character of Ibos.