1. Olaudah Equiano  (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), 
Also known as Gustavus Vassa, was one of the most prominent Africans involved in the British movement of the abolition for the slave trade. His autobiography depicted the horrors of slavery and helped influence British lawmakers to abolish the slave trade through the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Despite his enslavement as a young man, he purchased his freedom and worked as an author, merchant and explorer in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies and the United Kingdom.

    Olaudah Equiano  (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), 

    Also known as Gustavus Vassa, was one of the most prominent Africans involved in the British movement of the abolition for the slave trade. His autobiography depicted the horrors of slavery and helped influence British lawmakers to abolish the slave trade through the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Despite his enslavement as a young man, he purchased his freedom and worked as an author, merchant and explorer in South America, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the American colonies and the United Kingdom.

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      VIDEO - Prof P. Edwards on Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa) (BBC) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QtVuYvKCvQ VIDEO -...
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      I believe - I may be wrong - that a copy of his portrait is reproduced in the London Docklands Museum, in the unsettling...
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      I WISHH more people knew about him!
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      I read about him before, hes igbo
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