Samuel Johnson of Yorubaland, 1846-1901

Identity, Change and the Making of the Mission Agent

by Kehinde Olumuyiwa Olabimtan (Author)
©2013 Monographs 347 Pages
Series: Africa in Development, Volume 12


This study aims to understand how the nineteenth-century African agent of mission appropriated change without losing cultural integrity. Drawing essentially from the contexts that produced the man, from Sierra Leone to the Yoruba country, the study shows Samuel Johnson as embodying the opportunities and ambivalence that progressively accompanied Yoruba contact with Britain in the people’s war-weary century of change. Largely influenced by German missionaries in the British mission environment of Yorubaland, Johnson had confidence in the bright prospect the missionary message held for his people. This propelled him into a struggle to relieve the distressed country from its woes and to preserve the fading memory of its people. In an age of renewed cultural ferment called globalization, could Johnson offer a lesson in how to appropriate change? This is the concern of this volume.


ISBN (Softcover)
Application of law globalization memory cultural integrity Theory of the European Law Global law Multilevel Judicial Governance
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. 347 pp., 4 b/w ill.

Biographical notes

Kehinde Olumuyiwa Olabimtan (Author)

Kehinde Olabimtan studied theology at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He is on the faculty of the Ghanaian institution and the Baptist College of Theology, Lagos, Nigeria. He is based at the Institute of Mission and Society, Lagos.


Title: Samuel Johnson of Yorubaland, 1846-1901