Book Release: Before We Set Sail

book cover previewOut of 250 manuscripts submitted by African writers across the globe, the manuscript Before We Set Sail was one of six shortlisted for the inaugural Penguin Publishers Award for African Writing.

Before We Set Sail is the gripping account of the journey of eleven year old Olaudah Equiano as a slave boy within the deep interiors of West Africa in 1755 – 56. Written by ‘himself’ as a freed slave resident in London in 1796, the narrative focuses on the thrilling adventures Olaudah encountered during the time he was enslaved in West Africa prior to being sold to British slave merchants.

The book is presented as a sequel to the best selling first-ever slave autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself.

Before We Set Sail weaves a captivating tale of escape and resale from one African slave master to another, giving an enthralling and witty account of the Africa of 1755, from the double points of view of an unlettered African boy and a literate British adult, in a way that excites the reader’s curiosity.

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