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Which?'s Kundai Musura tells us about his most inspirational Black icon

Category: black history month, Black History, Inspirational Black Icons, BHM

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As part of our Black History Month celebrations this month, we spoke with Kundai Musura, corporate PR officer to find out about his most inspirational Black icon.

 

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Kundai said ‘As a self-confessed history buff, it was quite shocking and refreshing to find out through David Olusoga’s documentary, that there were pioneering abolitionists who weren’t William Wilberforce. And what was more surprising was that they were the same colour as me and lived in 18th century Britain.

‘One of these figures, Ignatius Sancho, was born in 1729 on a slave ship destined for the Spanish Indies. Ignatius was then orphaned at age two and was forcibly brought to London - where he had to work as a servant in a house in Greenwich. Despite the unfortunate circumstances Ignatius found himself in -  the stars aligned when he met John Montagu 2nd Duke of Montagu, who gave him books to read and invested in his education.

 

‘As a result of Ignatius having the wherewithal to succeed in a society where he was a minority - he went on to become a writer who commented on politics & society. Furthermore, he became a passionate abolitionist who brought the matter to the fore by writing letters that advocated anti-slavery to editors of prominent newspapers.

‘Ever since finding out about this fascinating fact, I have become a big fan of researching and discovering the hidden- something that provides me with ample conversation material when it comes to ‘philosophical’ deep chats with friends and family.’

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