Moses Da Rocha

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Moses Joao Da Rocha was a Nigerian doctor from Lagos who also engaged in writing on African rights during the late nineteenth century and early twentith century. He was fairly known among the progressive and socialist press in Britain during the period when he was as a student and writer on Pan Africanism.(1) He was known for his critical thoughts on the British raid on Benin city and the perceived opportunistic exploit of outrage against human sacrifice in Africa by the British.


Da Rocha was born in lagos in 1875/6. He attended Francis Xavier School and C.M.S. Grammar School, which was then under the headship of Bishop Isaac Oluwole. He later went to London to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh. After completing his studies abroad, he returned to Lagos and established a private practice.

He was a corresponding member of the Negro Society for Historical Research.


(1)Dr. Annie E. Coombes.'Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture and Popular Imagination in late Victorian and Edwardian England'p 34.