1927 - 2010
He fought our battle, that;s why we are greatful to him.
Please leave your condolences in the column provided below, thank you.
#1 by 'Gbenga on February 23, 2017 - 6:55 pm
Adieu, Harry Smith. I was looking for information on you this evening and stumbled on this site.
You were a decent man. May your soul rest in peace.
#2 by dgulkina on May 2, 2015 - 8:58 am
#3 by Otaigbe Philip on December 11, 2013 - 1:09 pm
Thank you Harold, never knew you but your truth has given us a path. God bless your memories and your family
#4 by Yemisi sanusi on May 30, 2013 - 7:29 pm
May the courageous soul of Papa Harold Smith continue to RIP. Thank God that he had an opportunity to record the truths about Nigerian political history before he died. Thanks to those that God used to record that important interview. It is important to know where we were comin from in order to plan our future.
#5 by iaunakef13 on April 3, 2013 - 11:26 am
#6 by kqugaven33 on April 3, 2013 - 10:01 am
#7 by Damien Kerr on May 3, 2011 - 9:17 am
Harold Smith spoke the truth, refused bribes, stood up to coercion, risked his life and career for moral options dangerous to him and his family but helpful to Nigeria. I am moved and impressed at the tributes to this fine man and his honesty about the amoral ruthlessness of British colonial power. Britain left a trail of civil wars in the wake of its evil empire. Harold Smith spoke the truth. Britain still struts and stumbles across the world projecting an image of its ‘civilizing’ imperial achievements. The blood still seeps from their malign influences and ‘time-bombs’ left to destroy infant democracies still provoke more bloodshed. Stare at the colonial past until you understand it. Stare at your former culture before colonialism until you understand and respect it. Then gather yourself to contribute to bright future of post-colonialism where no fragment of colonial days is mistaken as a suitable role model for a risen people. Your future has to be home made. Then you will be free of the manifold evils of colonialism. Then define yourselves in terms of your pre-colonial past and your mutual confidence in the future.
#8 by Charles on February 16, 2012 - 4:57 pm
Dear Carol, please accept my sympathy, May God grant you the grace to stand fot justice as your late father. Concerning Nigeria case, get a campaign group to tell all Nigerians the truth and to for remedy.
#9 by Ezekiel Atewojaye on April 25, 2011 - 3:17 am
Harold Smith will always be remembered by every one in Nigeria. He have done well for the people of Nigeria, because his apology memo that reveals the conspiracy of Britain against Nigeria has clearly shown that the present day Nigeria is a mere map expression.
This revealation has given us enough reason to disolve the present Nigeria peacefully so that each component goes their own way without any row; afterall Southern Cameroon has left in the early years of 60s without any hostility.
It is now for every serious-minded and peace loving people of the present so-called Republic to press for disengagement and relief from the pains, pangs and distress that comes out of this unholly matrimonial between the northern and southern hemisphere of Niger called Nigeria without further delay.
Reason for round table talk between the current multiple Nations that had been suffering in this region is more than clear. It is now highly necessary for all the State Executives of the current 36 Nigeria States should be planning seriously on the way out of this unholly marriage that comes from this grand conspiracy.
It is better if this is done as early as possible as this will make the people of the territory be good neighbours instead of hostile partners in an unholly wedlock
#10 by Dan on February 5, 2011 - 10:59 am
May your good soul rest in peace, you were a patriot and all efforts will die in vain. Carol
I am thinking of you at this sad time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
#11 by FrancisFaluyi on January 13, 2011 - 12:06 am
Harold Smith you were the greatest Nigerian that ever lived.You embraced justice at the expense of worthless MBE, OBE, CBE – a vehicle of oppression at the whims of the crown. Your name shall be wriitten in Gold when Nigeria is finally emancipated from the jaws of her oppressors. Adieu.
#12 by Michael Hewitt on January 12, 2011 - 5:52 pm
I am thinking of you at this sad time. Please accept my sincere condolences.
#13 by Francis Faluyi on January 12, 2011 - 1:51 pm
Harold Smith you were the greatest Nigerian Friend that ever lived (Not the Jimmy Carter, Bill Clitton, John Major, Tony Balir or Gordon Brown of this world can match your statue in the eyes of decent Nigerians). You forsake worthless OBE, MBE, CBE, Sir or whatever you name it in pursuit of justice. An evil vehicle used to perpetrate injustice in the name of the crown. Your name shall be written Gold when Nigeria is finally emancipated from the jaws of evil operators. More generations unborn would sing your praise in the year 2060 when the Nigerian’s independence file is made available to the public, therefore the present generation must keep your spirit alive so that your death and everything you stood for must not be in vain. Adieu.
#14 by jean & alan weeks on January 11, 2011 - 8:57 pm
A real caring family man, it was always good to be in his company. He will be missed by so many Love to Carol, Helen and Louise
#15 by Joanne Boardman on January 10, 2011 - 6:19 pm
Dear Auntie Carol, Helen and Louise
We are so sorry to hear the sad news that Uncle Harold has passed away and we are thinking of you all at this sad time and send you our love.
We have not forgotten the kindness and guidance you and Uncle Harold showed to us when we embarked upon our careers (all those years ago) and indeed over the years since.
Much love and sincere condolences to you all
Joanne, Andrew, Thomas, Harry, Freddie and Kate x x x x x x
#16 by Anderson Lucas on January 10, 2011 - 11:41 am
my thoughts are with you, Helen and Louise together with the other members of your family. Simple words cannot express the feeling of sadness that invests itself in me today.
May Harold (Sean) rest in peace. The world is a poorer place in his departing it.
#17 by michael vickers on January 10, 2011 - 11:33 am
Dear Carol, Please accept my deep condolences.
Harold is a profound loss to us all—world-wide.
He of course remains with us.
A firm reminder and caring presence of what ought to be
And can be, in this world within which we all struggle on.
Love, Michael v
#18 by peggy thomas and catherine willis on January 9, 2011 - 9:30 pm
We knew Harry through his contribution to our local peace movement. He made a huge difference to the success of our vigil. He and Carol together were crucial to the peace presence in Trowbridge. They were both very good friends. Our thoughts are with Carol and Helen and Louise.
Peggy and Catherine.
#19 by Christine Walsh on January 9, 2011 - 3:59 pm
My Dearest Auntie Carol
My thoughts are with you, Helen & Louise at the sudden loss of Uncle Harold, a devastating loss to all,and a true believer in the truth. May you rest in peace Uncle Harold, the family will miss you terribly.
My love to you all
Chris,Danny Oliver & Charlotte xxxxxxxxxxxx
#20 by Brian Coxall on January 9, 2011 - 3:50 pm
My deepest sympathy on your loss. Perhaps you would allow me to inform your former colleagues of your bereavement in the next newsletter. I know that everyone who worked with you in the ILEA will want to extend their deepest sympathy.
#21 by William Bowles on January 9, 2011 - 11:05 am
Harold was doing the ‘Wikileaks’ thing long before Julian Assange was born and paid for his courage and convictions literally for the rest of life.
But unlike Assange, Harold didn’t become a ‘celebrity’. Instead, he became an outcast in the country of his birth. This is what the then governor-general of Nigeria told Harold in 1960 after he wouldn’t keep quiet about how the Brits rigged the Nigerian ‘independence’ elections:
“You know why you’re here, Smith. And I want you to know that all your worst fears and suspicions are absolutely correct … I am telling you this because I want you to know how much trouble you are in … Smith, I want you to know that I personally gave the orders regarding the elections to which you objected … If you will keep your mouth shut, I can promise rapid promotion and a most distinguished career elsewhere … but you will not be allowed to work in the UK. You must understand that you know too much for your own good. If you don’t give me your word, means will be found to shut you up. No one will believe your story and the press will not be allowed to print it.” – Sir James Robertson, the then governor-general of Nigeria to Harold Smith in 1960.
And true to his word, Robertson made sure that Harold never worked again, nor was his story ever revealed in the British media until 2006 and then only in New Africa magazine to which we should all be indebted.
But you are not forgotten Harold.
Hamba Khahle Harold.
PS: I wrote two pieces based on the New Africa Magazine articles (which unfortunately are not available online):
Hidden Histories Revealed
#22 by Cathy Moorhouse on January 9, 2011 - 8:53 am
My thoughts are with you and your daughters Carol and I hope you will all take comfort from the esteem with which Harold is held by so many people across the world, those he tried to help and those who respected his long fight to set wrongs right.
With love, Cathy
#23 by FLORENCE GBINIGIE-ERHABOR on January 8, 2011 - 11:25 pm
YOU LIVED A SELFLESS LIFE WORTHY OF EMULATION. AFRICA AND INDEED THE WORLD WILL CONTINUE TO REMEMBER YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORKS. REST IN PERFECT PEACE THAT I BELIEVE YOU ARE ALREADY INTO NOW.
FORUM OF AFRICAN WOMEN IN POLITICS
#24 by Veronica Kotziamani on January 8, 2011 - 5:56 pm
Farewell to a real hero. Requiescat in pace.
I was brought up to be proud of the British Empire/Commonwealth and was conditioned to believe its effect was only benign. Thanks to Harold Smith, I had my eyes opened. What happened in Nigeria was shameful; instead of helping Nigeria become great through its very clever people, the British crippled it, so that factional strife has held this country back to this very day.
#25 by Carol Smith on January 8, 2011 - 4:47 pm
The website is currently not available. I hope to complete it again before the end of the month.
Your contributions have brought me to tears once again for my wonderful husband of 58 years, and whom I have known for 60. Bless you all – Carol Smith
#26 by Victor Ogunjinmi on January 8, 2011 - 9:08 am
Harold, you proved that you are a cut above the rest. You were not the only actor in the theatre of Nigeria of that era, but whereas others, now in retirement and having nothing to lose by telling their own part, but decide to keep shut; still enjoying the ill gotten plum of colonial debauchery, you came out to tell the world what Nigerians have long suspected, of the atrocities committed in the name of the Queen. But for your bravery, honesty and candidness, no one would have been none the wiser. Adieu Harold. May your soul rest in peace.
#27 by Baffour Ankomah on January 7, 2011 - 2:37 pm
What sad news. A great friend of Africa and Africans is gone. In every epoch, there arise some really committed Europeans who commit their all in the defence of Africa. Harold was one such European. He committed his all in the defence of our continent. An incorruptible man, he was rare in his passion for the truth, even at the expense of his life. Africa will be eternally grateful to him and his dear wife, CaroI. May the African ancestors make him welcome, in fact give him a special welcome, as he joins them in the world of the ancestors. He has earned his place, an indelible place, in the hearts of Africans. Thank you, Harold. Thank you Carol.
Editor, New African magazine
#28 by Philip Idaewor on January 7, 2011 - 2:04 am
May you rest in perfect peace.
You fought a good fight, standing up for what your beliefs in a potentially great African Nation and insisting on justice for the oppressed and disenfranchised peoples of Nigeria. May your faith in a truely democratised Nigeria not be in vain.
May God reward you and your family.
#29 by Space Clottey on January 7, 2011 - 12:43 am
I am pleased to learn more about this GREAT son and supporter of Africa. May His Soul rest in perfect peace.
Tel: 020 8471 9111, 07950 819 519 / 07507 844 883
#30 by kent uche on January 6, 2011 - 9:09 pm
rest in perfect peace a lover of unity n peace
#31 by Jenny Okafor on January 6, 2011 - 3:20 pm
May your honest, just and fair sould rest in peace.
#32 by Ibukunolu Alao Babajide on January 6, 2011 - 10:12 am
Sleep in perfect peace. You were a brave and resolute man in life. You did not allow the shackles of officialdom or the false loyalty to a wicked notion Queen and country that embraces evil and injustice on millions in the colonies stop you from telling the truth and nothing but the truth.
Many have tried to hinder the truth you voiced but they fail for the truth once voiced by you marches on.
Adieu, till we meet and part no more.
Ibukunolu Alao Babajide (IBK)
#33 by Michael Folorunso on January 6, 2011 - 7:51 am
May God grant him an eternal peaceful resting place.
#34 by Amos Akin Adejinmi on January 5, 2011 - 11:48 pm
Mr. Harold Smith, you left your footprint on gold, though the established British Authority, denied you the chance to tell the whole truth of what British Colonial government did against Southern Nigeria, to the whole world, through the platform that would have reached more people.
I assure you that the interview I had with you and the counter interview with John Smith, who supervised the doctored census figure of 1955 that was made to favour northern Nigeria, shall be shown to the whole world, through all available means at my disposal.
Rest In Peace Harold.
Amos Akin Adejinmi
Passion Television (London)
#35 by sirlawie on January 5, 2011 - 11:16 pm
I dedicated this site to the late Harold Smith.
I hope this tribute page offers some comfort for your sad loss and also gives your family, friends and Nigerians the opportunity to pay their last respect and share their thoughts about you.
May your soul rest in perfect peace.
Ó digba o Ṣe, O di arinako o tun di oju ala.
Olalekan Lawal (Sir. Lawie)
Yoruba World Institute UK
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