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James Pinson Labulo Davies, school teacher, naval officer, mariner, merchant and pioneering farmer and industrialist was one of the most successful West Africans of the nineteeth century. From his political activism in the face of imperial opposition and success in international trade to his celebrity wedding and model marriage to Aina-Sarah Forbes Bonetta, who today would aptly be described as a Victorian era 'It Girl', there was so much to distinguish the life of JPL Davies. With a foreword by J.D.Y Peel, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, this carefully researched book by Professor Adeyemo Elebute paints a vivid picture of the life of this Victorian era colossus and by extension of a fascinating but largely ignored era of West African history.