SYNOPSIS: From October 2010 to February 2011, I traveled to Nigeria to conduct research on the life of my late mother, Elizabeth Bassey Essien, who died from cancer more than a decade ago.

I conducted interviews with my mother's surviving relatives and childhood friends in Akwa Ibom State, visited her village of Mbak Etoi, and schools at which she was a student and teacher before immigrating to the United States. 

Elizabeth's Daughter: In Pictures is a sampling of photos I shot and collected from family and friends, chronicling my journey through Nigeria writing about my mother and her life in post-Civil War Nigeria.

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