- William Ansah Sasreku, an 8-year-old Ghanaian boy was sold into slavery in 1736 by 'mistake' by his own father who was a slave supplier in Ghana
- William's father, Enu Baissie Kurentsir, was able to quickly correct his mistake and got his son back to freedom in England
- In England, William became a high-profile figure in London and was later known famously as a the Prince of Annamaboe
A young man by the name William Ansah Sasreku who was born in Anomabo in Ghana in 1736 got sold into slavery and later became a renowned prince in England.
Ghanaianmuseum.com reports that in 1744 when he was only eight years of age, William whose father, Enu Baissie Kurentsir, was an internal slaves dealer in Ghana, sent his son to study English in England to enhance the slave activities.
Unfortunately for the Ghanaian father who was known to the British as John Bannishee Corrantee, his son got abducted into slavery in Barbados.
In a very interesting turn of events, William Ansah's father was able to use his influence in the slave business to free his son after which the young boy succeeded in going to England.
When Sasreku arrived in London, he was treated as a high-profile figure and quickly became known as the Prince of Annamaboe (now Anomabo).
His story of enslavement and rescue was preserved in other forms of art, including drama, poetry, and painting. A portrait of William Ansah Sessarakoo was made, and an etching of him appeared in The Gentlemen’s Magazine.
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