By Mac Dixon-Fyle
Through analyzing the background of the Potts-Johnsons (an immigrant Saro (emigrant Krio humans) kinfolk from Sierra Leone) residing within the Port Harcourt quarter of Nigeria from approximately 1912-1984, this research stories the migration background of the Saro within the Niger River delta. The paintings additionally touches on many very important matters to contemplate while studying African heritage: intra-African migration, prestige of and dominance via elites (both indigenous and immigrant), women's roles in social relationships, and the maintenance of relatives and cultural values less than severe socio-economic pressure.
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45 Banham Memorial School was established in 1928 with the blessing of the Methodist Church. With educational facilities so limited, Port Harcourt depended heavily on the Saro and other West African residents as well as the aforementioned indigenes from Lagos and Onitsha predominantly. The Saro slowly embarked on the process of forging social ties with these educated indigenes. Material conditions for these clerks, teachers, artisans, and clergy were extremely precarious in the pre-World War I period, and after, as will shortly be reviewed.
This study is a corrective in that direction as it seeks to examine Sierra Leonean immigrant contributions in diverse fields of endeavour in this region of southern Nigeria during the first eight decades of the 20th century. 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.
R. James, George Padmore, Sylvester Williams, and other luminaries, whose efforts were geared toward restoring pride and dignity to the black race. A people long traduced by slavery confronted the challenge of either opting for continued assimilation into the western society of their emasculation, or pursuing a more militant identification with the Africa of their ancestors. Allied to the latter impulse, and of cardinal significance for our purposes, has been the quest for a return to Africa. 11 Migratory desire would not, however, end with the return to Africa.