n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mentoring in the precarious conditions of the Trans Atlantic slave trade and re-settlement : the case of the African Brazilians in Lagos, Nigeria : chapter 34

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The paper locates the notion of mentoring within the precarious situation of enslavement that typified the repressive conditions of Africans during the era of the Trans Atlantic slave trade. It emphasizes a two dimensional perspective of the application of mentoring, the first as depicted in the harsh and arduous conditions of enslavement and the second as reflected in the eventual strains of resettlement on the Island of Lagos. The paper further notes that while the plurality of existing scholarly discussions relating to the subject of mentoring cannot be said in its entirety to be culture blind, such discussions have been largely predicated on the standpoint of academic, managerial and professional mentor-mentee perspective. As a result, scant attention has often been given to issues relating to socialization and enculturation, areas that nuance the cultural bedrock of mentoring which in essence, shape the affective register of human relations along the dimensions of human resource and nurturing. By focusing on the conditions of the African Brazilians who settled on the Island of Lagos following the abolition of the Trans Atlantic slave trade at the end of the 19th century, the paper considers the important dimension of mentoring as a cultural tool for adaptability within and outside of the arduous conditions of the slave field. On the whole, it raises the suggestion that increased attention be paid to issues relating to mentoring which border on the socio-cultural arena and related historical processes. This will indeed make for profitable complement and improved presentations of the subject of mentoring in relation to group or communal oriented human resources and thereby direct attention to previously unexplored socio-cultural territories.

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