In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 13th, July, 2020

How An African Boy Offered Into Slavery Turned A Well-known Prince In England (Picture)

How An African Boy Sold Into Slavery Became A Famous Prince In England (Photo)

Ansah Sessarakoo

Ansah Sessarakoo


The story how an eight-year-old African boy bought into slavery lastly ended up as a prince in England has been advised.


William Ansah Sessarakoo was a younger man born in Anomabo, Ghana in 1736. 


His father, John Corrente, who was the pinnacle of Annamaboe’s authorities, and chief caboceer (one of many native officers liable for supplying African slaves to European merchants), and an essential ally for anybody residing or buying and selling within the metropolis mistakenly bought him to slavery.


How did it occur?


Based on the model of the story posted on Wikipedia, Ansah’s father had first efficiently despatched Ansah’s brother to France, he then determined to ship Ansah to England to achieve an schooling, curry favour with the English, and function his eyes and ears in Europe. 


Nevertheless, the ship captain entrusted with Ansah’s transport, dishonorably bought him into slavery in Barbados earlier than reaching England.


Years later, a free Fante dealer found Ansah in Barbados and rapidly alerted John Corrente of his son’s destiny. Corrente petitioned the British to free Ansah, and the Royal African Firm, the English joint-stock firm working the slave commerce, liberated Ansah and transported him to England. 


In England, Ansah was acquired as a prince and gained the respect of London’s excessive society. Most notably, he watched a reside efficiency of Oroonoko, and, a lot to the viewers’s shock, fled the theatre in tears. The play depicted a wrongly enslaved African prince who probably reminded Ansah a lot of himself.

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Upon returning to Annamaboe, Ansah took up work as a author at Cape Coast Fort, the first British fortification on the Gold Coast. After leaving Cape Coast on dangerous phrases, Ansah labored as a slave dealer. The small print of his loss of life are unknown.


The story of his enslavement and rescue has been preserved in different types of artwork, together with drama, poetry, and portray.


His portrait was additionally etched inThe Gents’s Journal. 


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