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.

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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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