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The History of the Yorubas
From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies

  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108020992

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About the Authors
  • Samuel Johnson (1846–1901) was an Anglican minister and historian renowned for his magisterial history of the Yoruba people. Born in Freetown in Sierra Leone and educated by the Church Missionary Society, Johnson was sent with his family to Idaban in Nigeria in 1857. He was ordained in 1880 and by 1897 had finished the manuscript for The History of the Yorubas. However the original publisher mysteriously misplaced the manuscript. After Johnson's death his brother, Dr Obadiah Johnson, recompiled the text from Samuel's notes. This volume, first published in 1921, contains that reconstructed edition. This pioneering volume brought together various oral and recorded accounts of Yoruba history, describing not only political history but also social customs, language and laws. Although recent analysis of the text has revealed some inaccuracies, this volume remains the standard reference for the history of the Yoruba people.

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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108020992
    • length: 750 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Author's preface
    Editor's preface
    Part I. The People, Country, and the Language:
    1. Origin and early history
    2. The origin of the tribes
    3. Religion
    4. Government
    5. Yoruba names
    6. Yoruba towns and villages
    7. The principles of land law
    8. Manners and customs
    Part II
    Section 1. First Period - Mythological Kings and Deified Heroes:
    1. The founders of the Yoruba nation
    Section 2. Second Period - Growth, Prosperity and Oppression:
    2. Historical kings
    3. The kings of Oyo Igboho
    4. A succession of despotic kings
    5. Bosorun Gaha and his atrocities and Abiodun's peaceful reign
    Third Period - Revolutionary Wars and Disruption:
    6. The revolution
    7. The rise of the Fulanis to power
    8. Consequences of the revolution
    9. Further development of the anarchy
    10. Spread of the anarchy
    11. The revolution in the Epo districts
    12. Wars for the consolidation and balance of power
    13. The last of Katunga
    14. The interregnum
    Section 3. Fourth Period - Arrest of Disintegration. Inter-tribal Wars. British Protectorate:
    15. The new city, new government, Ilorin checked
    16. Fratricidal wars
    17. Subjugation of the Ijesas and Ekiti's social reforms
    18. A glorious end and a gory dawn of two reigns
    19. Sequels to the Ijaye war
    20. The close and the opening careers of two heroes
    21. Two administrations of opposite policies
    22. A new reign and evil prognostication
    23. The commencement of the 16 Years' War
    24. Conflicts in the north
    25. Ibadan at its extremity
    26. Failures at reconciliation
    27. A rift in the cloud
    28. The Rev. J. B. wood and the A.O.K.
    29. The intervention of the British government
    30. Dispersal of the combatants by special commissioners
    31. Disturbance in every part of the country
    32. Abortive measures to terminate the war
    33. The dark before the dawn
    34. The end of the war
    35. The establishment of the British Protectorate

  • Author

    Samuel Johnson


    Obadiah Johnson

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