See Nigerian Slave Girl Who Was Also Queen Victoria’s Daughter - Politics - Nairaland
Sept. 11, 2019
Sara Forbes Bonetta was in 1843 at Oke Odan, Ogun State. Her small village was raided by a Dahomeyan army in 1884 by King Ghezo,the most notorious slave trading monarch in West Africa in the early 19th century. This attack led the death of her parent and she ended up as a slave at the age of five. although Intended by her captors to become a human sacrifice,the girl was not killed and remained at Gezo’s Court until 1849 when British Commander Frederick Forbes’s landed the HMS Bonetta in Dahomey to persuade Gezo to give up slave raiding and trading.
She was rescued by Captain Frederick E. Forbes of the Royal Navy, who convinced King Ghezo of Dahomey to give her to Queen Victoria and also renamed her Sara Forbes Bonetta, Bonetta after his ship HMS Bonetta. Due to her special skills and talents at that tender age;Commander Forbes wrote that “She is a perfect genius; she now speaks English well, and [has] great talent for music… She is far in advance of any white child of her age in aptness of learning, and strength of mind and affection…”. She eventally got the attraction of queen victoria,and by november 1850,sarah was taken to Great Britian where the Queen entrusted her care to the Schoen family in Palm Cottage, Gillingham.Also The Queen declared Sarah her goddaughter and paid her tutorial expenses. This eventally made Young Sarah became a regular visitor to Windsor Castle.
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