Olaudah Equiano was the first political activist within Britain’s African community during the 18th century.
According to his famous autobiography, he was kidnapped at the age of 11 and enslaved.
The ill-treatment he received and the suffering of Africans inspired Equiano to join the campaign to abolish the so called 'transatlantic slave trade'. As far as the enslaved Africans were concerned, it was not a trade, but 'trafficking', 'a crime against humanity', inspite of the fact that British and other European governments legalised the traffick.
He published his autobiography, ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ in 1789.
This was an important literary contribution to the campaign for abolition.
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