LAGOS, Nigeria – Friends and family have held a service to remember one of the last remaining Nigerians who fought for the British in Burma during World War II.
Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his home at the age of 16 to join the British forces that fought against the Japanese in the latter half of the war. Fadoyebo later was wounded and spent months behind enemy lines, hidden by locals, until the British fought their way through.
Fadoyebo died in November at the age of 86. His Yoruba family held his funeral rites and services over the last few days.
Fadoyebo ended up writing a book about his experiences called "A Stroke of Unbelievable Luck." He later was profiled as part of a documentary about Africa's contribution to British forces.