Effect on society
Mass Media Portrayal
- Equiano was portrayed by the Senegalese singer and musician Youssou N’Dour in the 2006 film Amazing Grace.
- In African Snow, a play by Murray Watts, Equiano was played by Israel Oyelumade. Stone Publishing House published a children’s book entitled Equiano: The Slave with the Loud Voice.
- Poetry group: Sir Mask, have a dance poem entitled Yes You Know Equiano. Released independently Gigagroove the dance poem covers the life of Equiano.
- In 2007, David and Jessica Oyelowo appeared as Olaudah and his wife in Grace Unshackled –
- The Olaudah Equiano Story, a radio adaptation of Equiano’s autobiography. He was portrayed by Danny Sapani in the BBC series Garrow’s Law in 2010 as giving evidence in a trial of the captain of the Zong. The captain had died shortly after the incident and so his trial for fraud never took place. Equiano did not appear as a witness in either of actual cases.
Foundation & Autobiography
The Equiano Foundation aims to provide a valuable educational vehicle through which to resurrect, restore, and celebrate the meaningful contribution of Olaudah Equiano to Western, African, and African American culture particularly through his publication of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, and the African.
His autobiography formed a new genre of slave narrative literature, spiritual autobiography, which consists of the main three-part structure of slavery, escape, and freedom that corresponds to the spiritual autobiography’s three parts that describe the life of sin, conversion, and spiritual rebirth.
Effect on Cassandra Meade (Writer – Randolph-Macon College)
Painter, Nell Irvin. “Creating Black Americans: African american History and it’s Meanings, 1619 to the Present.” Oxford University Press, 2007. Pgs. 29-31.