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Akabusi, Kriss

Akabusi was born an Igbo prince in Nigeria, but taken to England as a child, where he went into care when his mother returned to Nigeria. He spent time in a children's home and also had mul... [more]

Equiano, Olaudah

Olaudah was an Igbo from Nigeria, captured by a slaver when he was about 11 and transported first to the West Indies, then Virginia and finally to England, all in the space of about a year.... [more]

Fashanu, John

Justin and John Fashanu were birth brothers. Their Guyanese-British mother and Nigerian father separated when they were toddlers, with their father returning to Nigeria. Unable to cope on... [more]

Mbeki, Thabo Mvuyelwa

Mbeki was the son of Xhosa ANC activists and teachers: his father, Govan Mbeki spent 24 years imprisoned with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. Knowing that they were likely to be arrested, ... [more]

Trokosi

Among the Ewe and Dangme people of Ghana (and to a lesser extent, in Benin, Nigeria and Togo), traditional religious beliefs have given rise to the practice of trokosi, literally "slav... [more]

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