Sunday, 6 May 2018

Amazing tree of over 217 years where the Most Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther was tied still standing solid

I am standing by the side of ‘Iyalode tree’ the tree 
that young Ajayi was tied to after he 
was captured into slavery in 1821.

Before now I had presented to u all the initial burial site of Bishop Ajayi Crowther at Ajele Cemetery in Lagos and I have also presented a photo of his present resting place at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos.  Today I present to u the tree he was tired to after he was captured into slavery in 1821 in his ancestral home in Osogun (in what is now Iseyin Local Government, Oyo State, Nigeria.

If ‘Iyalode’ tree was standing as at when Ajayi was captured in 1821, it means the tree must have been about, at least 20 years old to be strong enough to be used to hold slaves from escaping. So if we date the tree back to 1801 and calculate it now to 2018, the tree should be about 217 years old.

Standing infront of the over 217 years old tree

1.      Primate of all Nigeria Bishops as at 1867
2.      First African Anglican Bishop in Nigeria.
3.    He was 12 years old when he was captured, tired to this same tree I am standing by, before he was sold into slavery.
4.      He was the first  student of Fourah Bay College in to Freetown, Sierra Leone
5.      His grandson Herbert Macaulay is one of the first Nigerian nationalists who played an important role in ending British colonial rule in Nigeria.
6.      He was trained in England as a minister and ordained by the Bishop of London.
7.      He returned to Africa in 1843 and with Henry Townsend, opened a mission in Abeokuta
8.   He translated the Bible into the Yoruba language and compiled  a Yoruba dictionary. In 1843, a grammar book which he started working on during the Niger expedition was published; and a Yoruba version of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer followed later. Crowther also compiled A vocabulary of the Yoruba language, including a large number of local proverbs, published in London in 1852. He also began codifying other languages. Following the British Niger Expeditions of 1854 and 1857, Crowther, assisted by a young Igbo interpreter named Simon Jonas, produced a primer for the Igbo language in 1857, another for the Nupe language in 1860, and a full grammar and vocabulary of Nupe in 1864.

The Most Reverend Samuel Ajayi Crowther

1.    In 1864, he was ordained as the first African bishop of the Anglican Church; he was consecrated a bishop on St Peter's day 1864, by Charles Longley, Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral.
2.      He is the first African to receive the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of Oxford.
3.   He is celebrated with a feast on the liturgical calendar of some Anglican churches, including the Episcopal Church (United States) and the Church of Nigeria, on December 31.
4.      He died of a stroke, in Lagos, on 31 December 1891

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