Eighteen Years in Uganda and East Africa


Eighteen Years in Uganda and East Africa is an account in two volumes by Alfred R. Tucker (1849–1914) of his work as Anglican bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa in 1890–99 and as the first bishop of Uganda from 1899 until 1908, when the book was published. Volume 1 includes a review of the early history of European involvement in East Africa, from the arrival of the first Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary in Mombasa (present-day Kenya) in 1844. It recounts Tucker’s arrival in Africa in 1890 and his two long journeys to Uganda in subsequent years, and includes a review of political, economic, and social conditions in the country. Volume 2 covers such developments as the building of an educational system in Uganda, construction of the Uganda Railway, and the struggle against the slave trade. Tucker was instrumental in encouraging the British to remain in Uganda and to establish, in 1894, the British protectorate in Uganda. He believed in the importance of building a strong African church, and wrote that CMS missionaries did not want “to denationalise the Baganda… turn them into black Englishmen (if such a thing were possible) but rather to strengthen their own national characteristics.” Included are a map of Uganda and British East Africa and numerous drawings by Tucker, who had been a professional artist and exhibited at the Royal Academy before becoming a clergyman.

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Edward Arnold, London


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2 volumes, 359 pages : illustrations and 1 map


  • From the Uganda Christian University. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

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