He was born in Creole Freetown Sierra Leone . Reverend Samuel Johnson was a prince of the Oyo clan as a descendant of the Alaafin Abiodun of Oyo . He was a graduate of CMS (church missionary society institute) . Thereafter , he taught during what became known as the Yoruba civil war .
In the year 1880 , he rose to the position of a deacon and in 1888 a priest . He was based in Oyo since the year 1881 and completed a research work on Yoruba history in the year 1897 .
After his death , his brother identified as Dr. Obadiah Johnson recompiled and rewrote the book using the Reverend Johnson copious notes as a frame of reference .
In the year 1921, he released it as a history of the Yorubas from the earliest times to the beginning of the British protectorate .
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