Bryan Evers Sharwood Smith
Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002.
New Entry : 02/10/2000
An educator, government official, and author, Bryan Evers Sharwood Smith worked in Great Britain's colonial administrative services in West Africa. He served in the British Cameroons during the 1920s and transferred to North Nigeria in 1927, where he became governor in 1954. In Africa he introduced Western methods of government to tribal leaders. Knighted in 1953, Sharwood Smith wrote a book on his African experiences, Recollections of British Administration in the Cameroons and North Nigeria, 1921-1957: But Always as Friends.
Family: Born January 5, 1899, in Hull, England; died October 10, 1983; son of Edward (a schoolmaster) and Lucy (Evers) Sharwood Smith; married Sylvia Powys-Smith, July 20, 1926; married second wife, Winifred Joan Mitchell, August 26, 1939; children: (first marriage) Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs. Victor Hibbs); (second marriage) Michael Anthony, Geoffrey Hugh, Angela Eve (Mrs. Colin D. J. Rennie). Education: Educated in Elstree, Hertsfordshire, England. Religion: Church of England.
Awarded Open Classical Scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, 1917 (declined); Companion of St. Michael and St. George, 1950; Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire, 1953; Knight Commander of St. Michael and St. George, 1954; Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1956.
St. Cuthbert's Preparatory School, Malvern, England, assistant master, 1920; entered British Colonial Service, 1920, and was administrative officer in the British Cameroons, 1920-27, and in Northern Nigeria, 1927-57; president of Northern Nigerian House of Assembly, 1950-52; lieutenant governor of Northern Nigeria and president of House of Chiefs, 1952-54, governor, 1954-57. Military service: Royal Flying Corps (now Royal Air Force), flying officer, 1917-20; served in France, on the Rhine, and in India. Nigerian Regiment, captain serving on intelligence duties, 1939-42.
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* Recollections of British Administration in the Cameroons and Northern Nigeria, 1921-1957: But Always as Friends, Duke University Press, 1969, published as But Always as Friends: Northern Nigeria and the Cameroons, 1921-1957, Allen & Unwin, 1969.