..BISHOP SAMUEL AJAYI CROWTHER: 16 Things You Don’t Know About Him

    

  1. Samuel Ajayi Crowther was born in Osogun close to Iseyin in present Oyo State, Nigeria.

  2. He was captured at about age 12 in 1821 along with his mother and toddler brother and other family members, along with his entire village.

3. He was the first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria.

 4. He was sold to Portuguese slave traders.

5. However, before his slave-ship left port, it was boarded by a British Royal Navy ship under the command of Captain Henry Leeke during Slave Trade Abolition, and Crowther was taken to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he was released..

6. Ajayi’s mother was a descendant of Alaafin Abiodun.

7. While in Sierra Leone Crowther was cared for by the Anglican Church Missionary Society and was taught English.

8. Crowther was selected to accompany the missionary James Schön on the Niger expedition of 1841.

9. He converted to Christianity in Sierra Leon and was on 1th December 1825 baptized.

10. Crowther began translating the Bible into the Yoruba language and compiling a Yoruba dictionary.

11. He named himself after the Vicar of Christ Church, Newgate, London- Samuel Crowther, who was one of the pioneers of the Church Missionary Society (CMS).

12. Crowther was on the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean west of Morocco for a conference. He was accompanied by his son, Dandeson, an archdeacon, on church business in March 1881.

13. Ajayi was baptized by John Raban.

14. He returned to Africa in 1843 and with Henry Townsend, opened a mission in Abeokuta, in today’s Ogun State, Nigeria.

15. In 1826 he was taken to England to attend St Mary’s Church in Islington and the church’s school.

16. Crowther began translating the Bible into the Yoruba language and compiling a Yoruba dictionary.

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