Tuesday, 31 March 2015

270th birthday of Olaudah Equiano

(Born c1745, Essaka, Igboland; dies 31 March 1797, LondonEngland)
One of the African World’s most celebrated intellectuals – sailor, explorer, expeditionist, entrepreneur, orator, versatile campaigner and activist abolitionist (during the 1780s in Britain) of African enslavement by an assemblage of European states and interests and their “successor states” in the Americas/Caribbean, begun in the 15th century, visionary of eventual African freedom, author of the classic, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789)

(Ornette Coleman Quartet, “Proof readers” [personnel: Coleman, alto saxophone; Don Cherry, pocket trumpet; Scott LaFaro, bass; Ed Blackwell, drums; recorded: Atlantic Studios, New York, US, 31 January 1961])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

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