Speaking of the expansion of the Muslim Fulani Empire, the destruction of the Old Oyo Empire that led to the Yoruba wars, and the subsequent influx of Egba people into the coastal regions of Nigeria in the early 19th century, Ajayi contends that ‘[i]ndirectly therefore the last advance that Islam made to the south prepared the way for the advance inland of the influences of Christian Europe.’
[J. F. Ade Ajayi, Christian missions in
‘Curiously enough, under the
[Andrew F. Walls, ‘British Missions’, in Missionary ideologies in the imperialist era, 1880-1920, eds Torben Christensen and William R. Hutchison (Århus, Denmark: Aros, 1982), pp. 159-65, p. 165].