People are interested in Ajayi Crowther’s life for various reasons, and indeed his life is something of an enigma. This is because it brings together exciting, heroic, painful and tragic dimensions all at once. In a sense, every life has more or less of the same rhythms.
For one whose life started in the first decade (born about 1806) and ended in the last (died Dec 31, 1891) he was most likely, the most widely known African Christian of the nineteenth century. The retelling of the travails of his closing years still hurt in some quarters and sentiments still run quite high. But we must appropriate the grace of God to help us move beyond some of the historical injuries to the healing that comes through our better understanding and experience of the liberating gospel.