Wednesday, 31 March 2021

1363) Mary Slessor

Mary Mitchell Slessor (1848 – 1915). Scottish Presbyterian missionary to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, Slessor learned Efik, one of the numerous local languages, then began teaching. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity while promoting women's rights and protecting native children. She is most famous for having stopped the common practice of infanticide of twins in Okoyong, an area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

- "Slessor, 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes..."
- "With red hair, blue eyes and a strong Dundonian accent, she would have stood out among the other missionary workers."
- "Slessor... cut short her red hair and eat the local food..."


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