It is time to tell again the long-neglected story of Samuel Ajayi Crowther, writes Gareth Sturdy.
If you know the name, it probably resounds as that of a hero. Such heroes, unacknowledged in their own time and then ignored by their immediate successors, end up being the Really Important Ones. Their stature is so great that it is missed entirely up-close, gets larger the more distant you are from it, and can only been seen in its true glory from space.
If the name is unknown to you, then you are the victim of a cover-up. How else can you have missed one of the most important Africans of the modern era?
It is an opportune moment to reassess Crowther in the light of new understanding. A light that glares at the cover up and reveals a significance greater than that so far ascribed to him by even his most loyal champions.
N’ụbọchị taa n’afọ 1857 ka ozi ọma Chineke bịara ala Igbo site n’aka ndị “Christian Missionary Society nke Samuel Crowther so n’ime ya. Ozi ọma wetara ọtụtụ ihe ọma dịka ụlọ akwụkwọ, ụlọọgwụ na ụlọ ụka. pic.twitter.com/Xw65IlTnrf
— mbido igbo (@mbidoigbo) July 27, 2019