Cyril W Jacobs was born in Wellington in the Western Cape. He attended Livingstone High School in Claremont and thereafter enrolled in professional training at Hewat Teachers’ Training College, Cape Town, later graduating from Middlesex University, North London, B.A.S.S. During apartheid he was arrested on his birthday in 1963 and served 10 years under the Suppression of Communism Act 1959. He left for England in 1975, arriving on his birthday and returned to England again in 2006 to start life anew. It has taken him 16 years to piece together the Hadji Alidja Esau Story.