Its black history month and today, October 16th, Google Celebrates the birthday of 18th -century Nigerian Anti-Slavery activist and lobbyist, Olauda Equiano. He was a former slave who supported the British movement to end the slave trade.
Equiano was born in 1945 and enslaved as a child age 11 with his sister.
After his freedom, he tried to end the slave trade in British colonies, supporting the British Movement to abolish the practice. Olauda Equiano wrote an autobiography that depicted the horrors of slavery and helped influence, British lawmakers, to abolish the slave trade through the Slave Trade Act of 1807.
Equiano was a prominent Nigerian Writer, Activist and a trader who died on 31 march 1979. In 1780s, the Nigerian author formed an Anti-slave movement that shed light on the tragic life of slaves.
Read more about the tragic story of Olauda Equiano who was later renamed Gustavas Vassa here.