Eminent Nigerians of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Studies Originally Broadcast by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation

Eminent Nigerians of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Studies Originally Broadcast by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation

Eminent Nigerians of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Studies Originally Broadcast by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation

Eminent Nigerians of the Nineteenth Century: A Series of Studies Originally Broadcast by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation

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I have been asked to introduce this series of studies of some distinguished Nigerians of the nineteenth century. My task is to portray the nineteenth- century background against which these leaders should be seen. It is, of course, impossible to deal with every important Nigerian of the last century, and, of necessity, only selected representatives of that illustrious band can be dealt with.

In the north, Usumanu dan Fodio, the well- known leader of the Fulanis, El Kanemi of Bornu, and the Nagwamatse, the two slave-trading Emirs of Kontagora, have been selected. Among the Yorubas the distinguished figures that are discussed include King Kosoko of Lagos, Madame Tinubu of the same city, and Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, the celebrated and veteran missionary of the last century. King Nanna, an Itsekiri and a renowned chief on the Benin River, is the subject of one chapter; so also is Overami, Oba . . .

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