The history of the Yorubas: from the earliest times to the beginning of the British Protectorate. by Johnson, Samuel, d. Topics Yoruba (African people). SAMUEL JOHNSON Pastor of Oyo EDITED BY DR. Educated natives of Yoruba are well acquainted with the history of England and with that of Rome and. The History of the Yorubas has 36 ratings and 7 reviews. Eric said: The simple truth is – no words suffice to describe the magnificence and radiance of.

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Johnson was born in Hastings, Sierra Leone. His father was Henry Johnson [Sr. When Samuel was ten years old, David Hinderer recruited his father for Yorubaland as his assistant in Ibadan.

In he became schoolmaster at Aremo, Ibadan, and catechist there intaking increasing responsibility in the frequent prolonged absence of missionary staff. He also traveled to keep contact with the scattered Christians beyond Ibadan.


During the Yoruba Warshe became an emissary, trusted on all sides, between the Ibadan chiefs, the king of Oyo, and the British. During a visit from the bishop of Sierra Leone inhe was ordained deacon and priest and, after a brief period at Ondo, in became pastor at Oyo. There he remained until his untimely death. In Oyo, Johnson had access to rich sources of Yoruba tradition. By he had completed the remarkable History of the Yorubasan account of Yoruba culture and tradition down to his own day.

The work made excellent use of oral hisory and of his own experiences.

The History of the Yorubas

The Church Missionary Society would not publish the manuscript but passed it to another publisher, who lost it. Johnson thus died iohnson seeing the work in print.

It has often been reprinted. Johnson says that he wrote from patriotic motives; educated Yoruba knew the history of Britain, Greece, and Rome, but not of their own country. He envisaged an originally unitary Yoruba state, of which Oyo and Ife were respectively the political and cultural pillars, and saw Christianity as crowning, not as overturning, Yoruba history.


His book is a monument to the scholarship and cultural sensitivity to be found among Christian West Africans of his generation. Macmillan Hisgory USA, Johnson, Samuel and Obadiah Johnson ed.

Christian Missions in Nigeria, Missionary, Diplomat, and Historian. University of Groningen Library, [x]. Essays in Honor of Jacob Ade Ajayi. Pioneer, Patriot and Patriarch: Samuel Johnson and the Yoruba People.

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