Tuesday, 4 September 2007
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Owen Powell - 4th September 2007
Therese arrived in the UK as a student in 1985, sponsored by the Cameroon government to study Business Management - with the intention she would bring her skills back home. However, an economic crisis a few years later meant the government couldn't guarantee her a job, so they suggested she stayed. "It was a blessing," she says, "as I had already met Richard, and wanted to stay with him."
Now they are married, with eight-year-old triplets, and a house in Harrow that has banana trees in the back garden.
When she visits Cameroon again, she's amazed by how much it has changed. As a child, her father's village was traditionally rural. Now the villages have electricity, televisions, and other aspects of modern Western life. "They're not like villages how I used to know them, they’re like .. [Therese casts around for the right comparison] .. Scotland!"