Michael Adebolajo has said that whilst growing up in Romford, the "vast majority" of his friends were white British, and one, Kirk Redpath, joined the Army and was later killed in Iraq.
Adebolajo said: "I hold Tony Blair responsible for his death."
He said his favourite teacher at school was the first person to teach him about Adolf Hitler.
He told the court it showed him that "there are some very wicked people in the world".
The 28-year-old was raised as a Christian.
"My parents used to take us to church every Sunday. The memory that sticks in my mind... is probably every New Year's Eve in the evening around 11 o'clock we would gather around in candlelight and read passages from the Bible."
One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has told a jury "my religion is everything".
Michael Adebolajo, 28, began giving evidence at the Old Bailey today, surrounded by five security guards in oak-pannelled Court Two.
He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.
The soldier's relatives sat feet away as Adebolajo spoke to the court.
"My religion is everything.When I came to Islam I realised that... real success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to paradise, because then you can relax."
– Michael Adebolajo
Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his first year at Greenwich University.
The court heard that Adebolajo is married and has six children, including a seven-year-old boy.
"In most instances I don't get along with authority, except for my mother and my father.I don't believe in the law."
The leader of far-right group the English Defence League has been charged with obstructing police after allegedly trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.
Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon and was bailed to return on September 11.
The 30-year-old, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East tube station in east London on June 29, along with his EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll.