Equiano : The Interesting Narrative Of The Life Of Olaudah Equiano

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The thought of being kidnapped away from your home, placed on a boat, shipped to a European colony, sold into slavery, and held against your own will is beyond unimaginable in our society. Olaudah Equiano was former enslaved African who wrote an autobiography The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, which he fully goes into great detail about his encounter with slavery. Equiano was born in 1745 in the province of Igbo which is town in the country of Nigeria. Equiano describes his father who was an Embrenche, which is a chief or a respect leader in the community who helped decide conflicts and punished crimes. For instance Equiano recalls that adultery was heavily punished by slavery or death, women were rebuked more than men, for example Equiano explains how a mother was convicted of adultery and sentenced to death, however the woman was pardon because of the fact that she had an infant son. Marriages were usually arranged by parents, and is celebrated with a feast. Equiano province contained many musicians, dancers, and poets that participated in large assemblies. Agriculture was the main source of employment, everyone including women and children were occupied. Women assisted men with growing crops, women mainly spun and weaved cotton, and they also cooked various meats, vegetables, for example they had plenty of corn, cotton, and tobacco. The Igbo people had a sense of cleanliness, such as washing their hands before ingesting their meals. Women were…
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