Olaudah Equiano

1745 - 1797

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Olaudah Equiano (/əˈlaʊda/) (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797), known for most of his life as Gustavus Vassa (), was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir, the Eboe (Igbo) region of the Kingdom of Benin (today southern Nigeria). Enslaved as a child in Africa, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olaudah Equiano has received more than 2,116,980 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Olaudah Equiano is the 2,618th most popular writer (up from 2,843rd in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Nigeria (up from 15th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Nigerian Writer.

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Among writers, Olaudah Equiano ranks 2,618 out of 5,794Before him are Herman Grimm, Prince Michael of Greece and Denmark, Jean Ray, John Millington Synge, Samson Raphael Hirsch, and Tadeusz Różewicz. After him are Vilis Lācis, Aleksander Fredro, Edvard Kocbek, Edith Pargeter, Jung Chang, and Nikoloz Baratashvili.

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Among people born in 1745, Olaudah Equiano ranks 28Before him are Caspar Wessel, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Antonio José Cavanilles, Bodawpaya, Isaac Titsingh, and Maxim Berezovsky. After him are Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Johann Anton Güldenstädt, Inō Tadataka, Johann Peter Frank, Félix María de Samaniego, and Madhavrao I. Among people deceased in 1797, Olaudah Equiano ranks 18Before him are Lazare Hoche, Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Horace Walpole, Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, Pasquale Anfossi, and Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec. After him are Ivan Shuvalov, John Wilkes, Francesco Sabatini, and Carter Braxton.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Olaudah Equiano ranks 12 out of 200Before him are Fela Kuti (1938), Tony Allen (1940), Sade (1959), Hakeem Olajuwon (1963), Usman dan Fodio (1754), and Olusegun Obasanjo (1937). After him are Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941), Jay-Jay Okocha (1973), Francis Arinze (1932), Sani Abacha (1943), Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (1951), and Amos Tutuola (1920).

Among WRITERS In Nigeria

Among writers born in Nigeria, Olaudah Equiano ranks 3Before him are Wole Soyinka (1934) and Chinua Achebe (1930). After him are Amos Tutuola (1920), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977), Flora Nwapa (1931), Buchi Emecheta (1944), Ben Okri (1959), Cyprian Ekwensi (1921), and Chris Abani (1966).