Exhibition: West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

The British Library, London

Open until Tue 16 Feb 2016

Beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs, and woven and printed textiles offer a unique insight into a profound and engaging literary culture with centuries-old written heritage existing alongside ancient oral traditions.

An example is offered by the published autobiographies and other literary works of men and women – Olaudah Equiano the most famous among them –  whose writing became crucial in the struggle against both the slave trade and the system of enslavement itself.


The interesting narrative of the life of O. Equiano, or G. Vassa, the African … written by himself (London, 1789)

More information about the exhibition can be found here.





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