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Title:I Really Cannot Make Africa my Home: West Indian Missionaries as 'Outsiders' in the Church Missionary Society Civilizing Mission to Southern Nigeria, 1898-1925
Author:Wariboko, Waibinte E.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Nigeria
minority groups
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4100465
Abstract:Informed by the notion of racial affinity, the European managers of the Church Missionary Society Niger Mission had required all black West Indians in their employ to make Africa their home. However, because the African posting involved a substantial devaluation in the material benefits to be derived from missionary service, West Indians vigorously objected to the idea of making Africa their home. They demanded instead to be perceived and treated as foreigners on the same footing as Europeans. Although they were subsequently defined as part of the expatriate workforce of the Mission, they were still denied parity with Europeans in the allocation of scarce benefits on the basis of racial considerations. Unresolved tensions over the redistribution of scarce resources led to the premature collapse of the West Indian scheme. This essay, which covers the period 1898-1925, is an analysis of how the pursuit of socioeconomic self-interest affected the construction and representation of race and identity among the West Indians in the Niger Mission. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]