Mustafa Olpak

 

 

Age: 63

 

Summary: Afro-Turkish author and activist whose book Kenya-Girit-Istanbul: Kole Kiyisindan Insan Biyografileri (Kenyan-Crete-Istanbul: Human Biographies from the Slave Coast) has been compared to Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of an American Family as he provides a personal story of the relatively little understood history of African Slavery in the Ottoman Empire (while academic works in recent decades have established that approximately 1.3 million Africans were brought to the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth-century, largely for domestic work, little was known of the lives of their descendants in the Turkish Republic), and who was the founder of the Africans' Culture and Solidarity Association in Turkey.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart failure related to ongoing prostate cancer treatment

 

Born: October 1, 1953

 

Died: October 4, 2016

 

Location: Izmir, Turkey