Themes Of Slavery In The Novel 'The Slave Girl'

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The novel The Slave Girl incorporates many important themes that highlight a significant amount of african history: Gender, culture, race, political organization, religion, health and trade. Much of the same these are also be found in the history of other places as well making the novel much more intriguing. In regards to trade, slave trade was very prominent is Nigeria, which is where this novel initially takes place. When Ojebeta, the protagonist was first born, she was considered a miracle because she was the first, and only surviving, daughter her parents had. In order to keep their only daughter, they had spinach leaves tattooed on Ojbeta’s face in hopes that it would keep her safe from kidnappers.
As Objeta grew older and European colonization became more and more prominent, so did foreign
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Ojbeta had later taken on the name Alice to show her conversion to western/Christian religion. The intervention of Christianity by the Europeans didn’t begin until around 1415 by Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal. Much like Ma Palagada, many market traders were Christians/Catholics. These religions were brought here from Europe to help build a mutual trust between the African traders and Europeans. According to Kevin Shillington, the spread of christianity in Africa was due to the humanitarian movement to abolish the slave trade. This abolishment took place in mostly western Europe and North America.
In the novel, Ojbeta eventually married Ma Palagada’s son Clifford, but he later lost interest in her. Ojbeta also fell in love with another man named Jacob Okonli. He traveled alot and converted to Christianity. Eventually he bought back his wife and performed all of the rituals that came along with the process. At this point in time, Ojbeta or Alice, as she came to be known was trying for children but kept losing them after the first two sons, just as her mother
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