Olaudah Equiano: a person of Many Traditions

James Pajich

Prof. Carla Lovett

Hist. 105

18 October 2012

Olaudah Equiano: A Man of Many Customs

The Interesting Story of the Existence of Olaudah Equiano describes the life of any native Africa who was abducted from his homeland in the Eboe Province (which has become the Nigerian town of Isseke) at age eleven and thrown in the horrors from the African servant trade. In contrast to most victims of the servant trade, Equiano regained his freedom and experienced multiple facets of lifestyle that nobody could have predicted. Equiano started to be a man of diverse persuits and ideals. However , because of the absence of crafted records' it is often a matter of debate in regards to what his authentic origin actually was. Throughout his autobiography, Olaudah Equiano defined himself being a native Africa. He applied vivid pictures of his homeland and experiences for the Middle Passage, and was even willing to defend the public's perspective of him as a person of Africa. I personally specify Equiano as a European resident according to his customs, personal needs, and behavior. Equiano's story played a vital role in several cultural, traditional, and literary issues, therefore , the identity and in the end the quality of the author take on special importance. While browsing The Interesting Narrative from the Life of Olaudah Equiano I found it very obvious that Equiano viewed him self as a great African delivered individual. This individual illustrated his culture and customs because an Igbo African in vivid information on culture, religious beliefs, law, and agriculture. (43-56) He also described the atrocities from the Atlantic servant trade like he had just lately experienced these people: stating the smell, presence, and result of his guy slaves. (64-68) " Though culturally Equiano became " almost and Englishman, ” embracing Christianity and Uk customs, any potential problems Equiano shared with slaves and free people of color, and living in a world that did not differentiate between people of individual African residential areas, led him to consider himself the son...