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H. C. Bankole-Bright and Politics in Colonial Sierra Leone, 1919-1958 (African Studies) Paperback – 11 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (11 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521533333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521533331
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Written by Akintola J.G. Wyse, one of Sierra Leone's most prolific historians..." American Historical Review

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This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-á-vis its colonial subjects.

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The late Akintola Wyse has written a lively history of one of the most significant figures in the colonial history of Sierra Leone. Born into an aristocratic Krio family and trained as a doctor in Edinburgh, Bankole-Bright fought for the rights of his class against the imperial power that, for nearly two centuries, had firm control of the destiny of Sierra Leone. At other times in history and in another place, Bankole-Bright's star would have shone to illuminate the lives of others. But it was unfortunate that he could not see that fighting only for his class was too narrow a furrow to plough, an exclusivity that rendered him ultimately irrelevant. His plight was not helped by the imperial power, which frustrated him at virtually every turn, for what they clearly saw as impertinence for this over-educated, arrogant African to dare invoke principles of justice and democracy that had already taken firm root in Britain, and gallingly for B-B, in the white dominions as well. And the British, in their Machiavellian mischief-making drove a wedge between the Colony Krio on the one hand and the Protectorate inhabitants on the other.

In the elegant style of a real scholar, Professor Wyse has written a most fascinating tale including all the major players in this quadripartite story involving the local officials, the Colonial Office, the Protectorate and of course Bankole-Bright himself and his Krio cohorts such as Beoku-Betts and Wallace-Johnson.

For the general reader who has no knowledge of Sierra Leone history, this is a good introduction that gives a face to one of several important players. The ample notes, index and bibliography would be of great use to the scholar as well.
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