EDWARD WILMOT BLYDEN: PAN-NEGRO PATRIOT FROM THE CARIBBEAN

Conclusion

Blyden was undoubtedly the most articulate and brilliant vindicator of Negro and African interests in the nineteenth century, and was in many ways a man long in advance of his time. It is true that he was often less than successful as a man of action, but it is also unquestionable that his ideas and activities did have a great impact in his own time and now form the main historical roots of West African nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Negritude. His influence was, of course, most direct and extensive in West Africa, where more recent outstanding nationalists such as Herbert Macaulay, Eyo Ita, and ex-President Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, J. E. Casely Hayford and ex-President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana have paid tribute to him as a man whose career helped to inspire their own nationalism. Such New World Negro intellectuals, too, as George Padmore of Trinidad and Richard B. Moore of Harlem have praised his achievements. Yet it is unfortunately true that for a man so distinguished, his career has so far been too little known.