A Nigerian author and Pan-Africanist Ola Osibodu has debuted a novel, “Kings and Not Slaves”. Set in the late 1700s, Kings and Not Slaves provides an Afrocentric narrative on the cruelties of transatlantic slave trade, particularly on the plantations slaves were made to work.
Osibodu’s hero, Prince Tsangu, heir to his father’s throne in West Africa, is raided into slavery and shipped to Suffolk, Virginia. There, Tsangu, renamed ‘King’ by his captors, longs for home. Tsangu’s ordeal rips open the unreported horrors of slave life. Not only must ‘King’ find a way to survive in unimaginable conditions, but he must also unravel the mystery of a curiously doom prophecy given to him. Steeped in African mythology, Kings and Not Slaves is an essential new read for students of history, folklore, and human rights. It is a social reawakening for black people.
Osibodu began writing while studying business information technology at London Southbank University. He moved to Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011 to pursue a career in software technology. In Lagos, Osibodu founded Parity Global Resources, a publishing company that provides a global platform to highlight African voices. He is also a life coach and enjoys helping others reach their goals. Kings and Not Slaves is his first novel.