Childhood memories with Godfrey Atuahene Junior

Godfrey Atuahene Junior
Godfrey Atuahene Junior
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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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Each week we persuade a reader to Godfrey Atuahene Junior, 23, is currently the vice president of education and democracy at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union and will soon become its president. Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

I was two when I put sand from the sand pit in my pockets. My teacher picked me up and turned me upside down and tipped the sand out of my pockets. At first I was a bit scared but then I realised it was a game!

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I remember lots of food and smiling people too. For my second birthday we went to McDonald’s, I remember a big cake and my granddad smiling at me.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

We used to bike around, play football, kiss-chase and cops and robbers. I also remember going to mates’ houses to play games. I was in a football team at junior school too.

· How was school?

I really enjoyed school. Some subjects I excelled at, including maths, science, art and drama.

Secondary school was very good. I enjoyed having debates in religious education classes. I definitely got my competitive edge from playing sport at school.

· What did you watch on television?

On Saturday mornings I always used to watch Live & Kicking on CBBC. My favourite was The Simpsons.

· What toys did you play with?

I had the X-Men plane – it had all the characters in it and you could open it up to see them inside. I didn’t have an Action Man, I didn’t really have typical toys. I did have an alien toy that grew. It morphed into another alien and was a bit weird.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

I had a multi-coloured tracksuit. I wore it everywhere, it definitely stood out, you could see it for miles! It was pretty unique.

· What music did you listen to?

When I was younger I had a pretty broad taste. I liked pop music, like the Spice Girls, but also rap and dance music. The first ever CD I bought was the Men in Black soundtrack. I liked the movie so I got the CD.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

I got into trouble for saying ‘no’ to my mum. My sister was eating sweets and I wanted some. Defying my mum was quite a big thing in my family.