Olaudah Equiano was born by the Niger River in Nigeria.
Olaudah Equiano and his little sister were kidnapped from their home when he was 11. He was soon after separated from his sister.
About 7 months after his abduction, Olaudah Equiano was put on a slave ship. This was also his first encounter with white men.
After a month of being in the English colony of Virginia, Olaudah Equiano was bought by Michael Henry Pascal, who became his owner for 7 years.
Olaudah Equiano was allowed to move to England, educate himself, and travel the world on ships Pascal commanded. Eventually, he was able to buy his freedom.
After his freedom, Equiano became an abolitionist and lectured the British people about the cruelty of owning slaves. He also worked to resettle freed slaves. In 1789, he published his autobiography The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.