Christian Missionary Engagement in Central Nigeria, 1857–1891

The Church Missionary Society's All-African Mission on the Upper Niger

  • Femi J. Kolapo

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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    Pages 1-45
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    Pages 85-132
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    Pages 189-231
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-301

About this book


In the decades before colonial partition in Africa, the Church Missionary Society embarked on the first serious effort to evangelize in an independent Muslim state. Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther led an all-African field staff to convert the people of the Upper Niger and Confluence area, whose communities were threatened or already conquered by an expanding jihadist Nupe state. In this book, Femi J. Kolapo examines the significance of the mission as an African—rather than European—undertaking, assessing its impact on missionary practice, local engagement, and Christian conversion prospects. By offering a fuller history of this overlooked mission in the history of Christianity in Nigeria, this book reaffirms indigenous agency and rethinks the mission as an experiment ahead of its time.  


Missions in West Africa Christian Missions Spread of Christianity Mission-African relations the Islamic state in Africa Muslim-Christian engagement Church Missionary Society Samuel Ajayi Crowther Christianization in Africa Christian-African encounters Islam in Africa Nigeria Nupe precolonial Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Femi J. Kolapo
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GuelphGuelphCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-31425-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-31426-2
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