James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey

(1875—1927) pastor and educationist

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(1875–1927). African educationist, variously called the Father of African education, the Booker T. Washington of Africa, and, in the title of Edwin W. Smith's 1929 biography, Aggrey of Africa. Born in Anomabo in the Gold Coast, the son of the chief linguist in the court of King Amona V, Aggrey was an able pupil and in 1898 travelled to America, where he joined Livingstone College in North Carolina. In 1903 he was ordained an elder of the African Methodist Episcopalian Zionist Church.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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