Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) was an English ethnographer, explorer,…

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900)
was an English ethnographer, explorer, and writer. Her extensive travels and
documentation of West Africa helped educate Europeans about the continent and
its people.

She decided to embark on her journey in 1892, something
considered improper for a single woman at the time. However, she travelled
through Sierra Leone, Angola, and Gabon, living with the locals and learning
about their customs. The resulting books, Travels
in West Africa
and West African
Studies,
were instant bestsellers, and appreciated amongst scholars.