Olaudah Equiano Writer

Olaudah equiano

Olaudah Equiano(c. 1745 – 31 March 1797) also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade. He was enslaved as a young man, 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. His autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, depicts the horrors of slavery and influenced the enactment of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. According to his own account, Olaudah Equiano was born in 1745 in the region inhabited by the Igbo people in what is now Nigeria. He lived with five brothers and a sister; he was the youngest son with one younger sister. At the age of eleven, he and his sister were kidnapped to be taken to America as slaves. At this time, he endured the Middle Passage to the New World, where he was forced to work as a slave. Some writers, however, claim Equiano was born in colonial South Carolina, not in Africa. When their parents were out, Equiano and his sister were kidnapped and sold to native slaveholders.

Personal details

Date of birth
United Kingdom,United States of America,Nigeria
Date of death
March 31st, 1797 at age of 52
Place of death
London, United Kingdom
African American,Igbo,British Nigerian



Written work

1.Equiano's Travels

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1967. at New York City
1969. at London

2.The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1995. at New York City (355 pages)
Social class

3.The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Sociology, Autobiography, Biography, Fiction
Editions Subjects Co-authors
1995. at Boston
2001. at New York City
2004. at New York City
Great Britain
18th century
Social science
United States of America
Social class
African-American studies

4.Kidnapped Prince

Autobiography, Biography, Children's literature
Editions Subjects Co-authors
2001. by Tandem Library (133 pages)

5.Sold as a Slave

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2007. by Penguin Group USA (128 pages)
18th century
African-American studies


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