James Aggrey was a pioneer in developing education in Africa. He was born in Anamabu, in present day Ghana in 1875 and following his schooling at cape Coast Methodist School near Accra he became a teacher at the age of fifteen. He became headmaster of his former school at the age of twenty one and a year later founded the Aborigine Rights Protection Society on the Gold Coast. He was the main translator of the English bible into Fante. He then went to the United States where he settled in North Carolina to teach at Livingstone College.
Here in the United States James trained as a missionary and in his work he strived to improve mutual understanding between blacks and whites. As a consequence of this work he was asked in 1920, at the age of thirty five, to join the Phelps-