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A History of the Yoruba People. By S. Adebanji Akintoye. Amalion Publishing, Dakar, 2010, xii + 498 pp. ISBN 978-235926-005-2 (Hardback). US$ 50.00.

A History of the Yoruba People. By S. Adebanji Akintoye. Amalion Publishing, Dakar, 2010, xii +... In 1897, the patriarch of modern Yoruba historiography, Reverend Samuel Johnson wrote the following words in the preface of his book (completed and edited by his brother, Obadiah Johnson), The History of the Yorubas (1921): "The histories of all nations present many phases and divers[e] features, which are brought out by various writers in the lines in which each is interested; the same method we hope will be pursued by writers in this country until we become possessed of a fuller History of the Yorubas" (Johnson 1921: viii). The History of the Yorubas was the first attempt, more than a hundred years ago, to provide a comprehensive history of the Yoruba peoples from their origins as a cultural-ethnic community to the present. It was a hugely successful volume, and it is still in print! Yet, so much has been done since then by scholars of different stripes to advance Yoruba historiography. No one has however matched the Johnsons' comprehensive volume with a new history for a new age. That was until now. S. Adebanji Akintoye's more modestly titled A History of the Yoruba People achieves for the twentyfirst century what Samuel Johnson and his brother achieved for early http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

A History of the Yoruba People. By S. Adebanji Akintoye. Amalion Publishing, Dakar, 2010, xii + 498 pp. ISBN 978-235926-005-2 (Hardback). US$ 50.00.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 10 (1): 109 – Oct 25, 2012

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© Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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10.3213/2191-5784-10188
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Abstract

In 1897, the patriarch of modern Yoruba historiography, Reverend Samuel Johnson wrote the following words in the preface of his book (completed and edited by his brother, Obadiah Johnson), The History of the Yorubas (1921): "The histories of all nations present many phases and divers[e] features, which are brought out by various writers in the lines in which each is interested; the same method we hope will be pursued by writers in this country until we become possessed of a fuller History of the Yorubas" (Johnson 1921: viii). The History of the Yorubas was the first attempt, more than a hundred years ago, to provide a comprehensive history of the Yoruba peoples from their origins as a cultural-ethnic community to the present. It was a hugely successful volume, and it is still in print! Yet, so much has been done since then by scholars of different stripes to advance Yoruba historiography. No one has however matched the Johnsons' comprehensive volume with a new history for a new age. That was until now. S. Adebanji Akintoye's more modestly titled A History of the Yoruba People achieves for the twentyfirst century what Samuel Johnson and his brother achieved for early

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2012

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