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Catherine Ancholou on how Africans reacted to the possibility of being stolen into slavery
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Q: How did people in Africa react to the possibility of being stolen into slavery?
Catherine Ancholou

A: Nobody had any idea what happened to those who left the shores of Africa.

Nobody had any idea whatsoever, because at that time, those who went beyond Africa never came back. Nobody could tell the story. It was only after the colonial masters began to return with the freed slaves, some of whom had received some form of education and were coming in as missionaries. This was the time when the stories began to filter in. But by this time, the Equiano story had already been written.
Catherine Ancholou
Associate Professor of English Literature
Awuku College of Education

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