July 2020 Volume 16

KC History of Accepting Students from Africa

Lenworth C Smith
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Kingston College has a history of accommodating students from the continent of Africa.

In October 1928, 12 year old Aki Shackleford was sent from Lagos, Nigeria to Jamaica to attend KC ( He once told me his father had said that he's going to "Gibson's School").

Three years later his younger brother was also sent from Nigeria to attend KC. They both started in First Form and left after completing Sixth Form.

I met Aki, a CHAMPS fanatic like myself, when I migrated to The Bahamas and it was a joy hearing stories of KC in the early days and sharing my experiences. I brought him down when we celebrated our 75th Anniversary and he had a good time especially when he linked up with some of his classmates.

The elder Shackleford hailed from Port Antonio and had gone to Nigeria as a Missionary in the early 1900's.

In the 1950's a group of five boys, the Moss brothers, came to Jamaica from Nigeria to attend school. The two older boys went to KC whilst the younger ones attended Franklin Town Elementary School before attending KC. One of them was in my class at Franklin Town Elementary School. They had family living at Bryden Street, Brown's Town and Kingston.

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