Just before leaving England in October, Bishop Crowther received a letter from his son, the Archdeacon of the Upper Niger, informing him of the demolition by the Chiefs of Bonny, of the Juju House or Temple of Skulls at that place; this temple was for many years the receptacle of the bones of victims taken in numerous ways and afterward killed and eaten.
Bonny has advanced in Christianity [and civilization] but no attempts were made to remove the hideous memories of what they once were.
After the receipt of the record in which was part of the Rev. Allan’s report of his visit to Bonny, the Archdeacon took an opportunity to speak to the King and Chiefs of the disgrace brought on the place by the building. They saw with him and sanctioned its removal. The Archdeacon writes:
“Chief Warribo sent for me on the morning of the 6th instant to offer prayer and to witness the clearing away of the skulls. I went at Six O’clock A.M. accompanied by Mr A. E. Williams and after reading Psalm CXV and the suitable Ibo prayer for the King and Chiefs in the prayer book, the work of clearing up commenced. By six o’clock in the evening, there was not one skull to be seen or post of the house standing.
Picture: Archdeacon Dandeson Coates Crowther – the Archdeacon of the Upper Niger (last son of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther)
The Church Missionary Gleaner – December, 1888
Author: Seyi Awoleye