"The elders and grandees of the village sat on their own stools brought there by their young sons or slaves"

The Igbo people were accustomed to having slaves in their culture, more than some people would expect. This is why trading with the colonists was not difficult. Slave trading was a good way for the villagers to make money and rid themselves of their rivals. Most would become slaves by getting captured during wars or even if the family was having economic issues and needed to sell their children. Disobedient children and criminals were also victims of slavery.