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Title:Remembering J.M. Stuart-Young of Onitsha, Colonial Nigeria: Memoirs, Obituaries and Names
Author:Newell, StephanieISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:73
Issue:4
Pages:505-530
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
Subjects:images
colonialism
traders
History and Exploration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3556777
Abstract:Colonial Onitsha, Nigeria, provided the stage for John Moray Stuart-Young (1881-1939), a Manchester trader and poet, to perform the role of an educated gentleman. After a first visit to Onitsha in 1905, Stuart-Young decided in 1909 to remain permanently in the town as an independent trader. Within five years, he had acquired land on lease from local chiefs and constructed his own stores at strategic locations around town. By 1919 he had become the wealthiest independent palm oil trader in Nigeria and a prominent local personality in Onitsha. In his autobiographical writing, Stuart-Young created a host of famous metropolitan friends and constructed for himself a past through which he invited African readers to remember him. The extent to which Onitsha citizens accepted his version of his life is explored in this article, for during the period of Stuart-Young's residence in town, from approximately 1909 until his death in 1939, different sectors of Igbo society observed him closely, read his publications, worked with him and witnessed his patronage of young men. Local people, including the children, studied his behaviour over time and produced a range of African names and watchwords by which they remembered his life. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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