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Research Paper | History | Benin | Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023
Revisiting Slavery in the Twentieth Century Africa in Buchi Emecheta's The Slave Girl
Theophile HOUNDJO  | Nicolas GBEGNANVO | Koumagnon Alfred DJOSSOU A. | Gerson Vesahou ALISSA
Abstract: This article aims at showing that Africans are as responsible as Europeans for the enslavement of the men and women during that period through a work of fiction. For one thing, despite the abolition of slave trade, African Kings/Queens, monarchs, nobles and families, just to name only a few people, still find it normal to sell their kinsmen to others. For another thing, other Africans, owing to their needs and mentality, buy and own slaves in order to use them without any pay, thus depriving them of all human rights. The results are heart-breaking: slave dealers forget about the slaves after receiving their price, while slave buyers and owners ill-treat slaves in such a way that they are regarded as nothing. We have used the sociological methodology to show how deeply the phenomenon of slavery is rooted in the Ibo and African community before the Europeans could set foot in Africa. We have also used the quantitative and qualitative methods.
Keywords: Slavery, Girl slaves, Hardships, freedom
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023,
Pages: 161 - 172
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