Okechukwu - Life before capture
My life was good before I was bought here. I miss it so much: the fields, the trees, the sunshine, my people - the Igbo.
Most of all I miss my mother and father. I dream about my mother. She is in a long blue dress she wove herself. She is cooking with the herbs and spices our neighbours have grown. Father is outside, chewing tobacco as he works at his fire.
During the 18th century most of the Africans taken by the British slave traders were Igbo. The Igbo people are from southern Nigeria. Geographical divides mean that there is no central king or chief there, and instead the village councils usually rule.