Mani was born in 1984 in Niger. She had been sold into slavery at the age of twelve for 500 dollars. Slavery is illegal in Niger, but only since 2003, and it is still manifested. She was made to work and to bear three children for her master. He claimed that she was his wife and not his slave. As a result, he accused her of bigamy when she married another man. Mani was sent to jail for six months but she was encouraged to appeal her case.
After she used the courts to overturn her conviction she was given $20,000 in damages and later honored with the 2009 International Women of Courage Award and she was on Time Magazine's 2009 list of the world's 100 most influential people.
- Salbi, Zainab (30 April 2009). "Hadizatou Mani - The 2009 TIME 100 - TIME". TIME.com.
- "Hadizatou Mani 2009 International Women of Courage Award". DipNote. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02.
- First Lady hugs Mani[permanent dead link]
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