Remembering J. M. Stuart-Young of Onitsha, colonial Nigeria: memoirs, obituaries and names

Newell, Stephanie (2003) Remembering J. M. Stuart-Young of Onitsha, colonial Nigeria: memoirs, obituaries and names. Africa, 73 (4). pp. 505-530. ISSN 0001-9720

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Abstract

Colonial Onitsha provided the stage for John Moray Stuart-Young (1881-1939), a Manchester trader and poet, to perform the role of an educated gentleman. 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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT History of Africa > DT0470 West Africa. West Coast > DT0491 British West Africa > DT0515 Nigeria
Depositing User: Steph Newell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2012 11:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20521
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