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By Mac Dixon-Fyle

Via reading the heritage of the Potts-Johnsons (an immigrant Saro (emigrant Krio humans) relatives from Sierra Leone) residing within the Port Harcourt sector of Nigeria from approximately 1912-1984, this learn reports the migration background of the Saro within the Niger River delta. The paintings additionally touches on many vital concerns to contemplate while discovering African historical past: intra-African migration, prestige of and dominance by way of elites (both indigenous and immigrant), women's roles in social relationships, and the maintenance of kinfolk and cultural values lower than severe socio-economic pressure.

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C. 3 Britain and Nigeria The British occupation of Nigeria has to be seen within the context of the abolition of slavery, the European scramble for Africa, and the securing of Page 11 trading and other economic interests in the area. By 1861, Britain had declared a colony in Lagos, and she proceeded thereafter, by force of arms to subjugate the Yoruba peoples of the surrounding hinterland. By 1885, she had imposed claims of protection on the "Oil Rivers" further to the south-east, an area of great potential for trade, but with African leaders such as Jaja of Opobo, who jealously guarded local sovereignty, and profits.

Schools established by missionaries in those communities had produced some educated indigenes. Their numbers were, however, augmented by skilled recruits from Calabar, Lagos, Onitsha, and other West African territories, such as the Gold Coast and Sierra Leone. While a large proportion of the skilled newcomers, including the Saro, found clerical work with Page 17 the colonial government or in the import and export firms, banks, and other finance houses, some set up private artisanal operations as masons, carpenters, and plumbers.

The Krio society of Sierra Leone, to be reviewed in more detail presently, was an amalgam of ex-slaves from England and the New World, liberated slave captives who never left African continental waters, and acculturated local indigenes who had been absorbed into the group over the years. Although much emphasis has been placed on Krio embrace of European values and ideas, and their willingness to be seen as "black Englishmen", a matter that has drawn much criticism, 1 Krio society was highly differentiated.

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