Olauda Equiano
Biafra Choice Writers
Culled from Emeka Ijere

The Igbos of Africa are one of a kind. With a population of over 50 million people, each generation produces one leader who was like the other. Hence, Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB could be said to be the reincarnation of the 16th century history of the Black man's struggle for freedom. (Read on).
In 1745 an Igbo son who later shocked the world was born in a remote Igbo settlement. His name is Olauda Equiano. At 11 years of age, he was kidnapped, taken to the coast and sold into slavery to European merchants. (His slave name was Gustavus Vassa). He was taken across the Atlantic ocean to West Indies where he worked and later sold out again to England.
As a slave, Olauda Equiano went into careful trading and savings until he bought himself out of slavery at the cost of 40 pounds. He gained freedom for himself. Just as his name Ola-uda (Gold-tone) meaning 'Golden Voice'; Olauda Equiano became a very vocal abolitionist and the voice of all black slaves in the world.
He founded a movement in London called "Sons of Africa" and led the group to fighting for the freedom of other African slaves. He and his group started the agitation for the resettlement of freed African slaves in Sierra Leone on the coast of West Africa.
The Zong Massacre: In 1781, about 133 black slaves on route to Jamaica were thrown off the slave ship into the Atlantic ocean to save drinking water for the others. Olauda Equiano took the case up and worked very hard to have the ship's crew prosecuted for murder. By his golden voice, he achieved much publicity for the massacre. This later led to the establishment of Slave Trade Act of 1807 in England which abolished African slave trade.
In 1789 Olauda Equiano published his autobiography in England and he achieved instant celebrity. He became the wealthiest black man in the world. He was so well off that he dabbed into the business of money lending to English people.
10 years after Equiano's death, Britain abolished SLAVERY. He died a fulfilled Christian and an IGBO FREEDOM FIGHTER.
In great respect for a true Igbo son, I humbly urge Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Enugu state government to hasten the completion of Enugu International Conference Centre and rename it "OLAUDA EQUIANO FREEDOM CENTRE".
Igbos are the same everywhere, all times and in all generations. Like Olauda Equiano... like Nnamdi Kanu. Igbos are not good in slavery.
They prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery (---Thomas Jefferson).

Igbos deserve BIAFRA.
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