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Venerable Teresa Chikaba (1676–1748) was an Guinean princess declared as Venerable by the Catholic Church.


In her childhood, Chikaba was kidnapped by Spanish sailors and sold into slavery. She was purchased by an aristocratic family in Spain and demonstrated great piety. On the death of the marchioness she intended to become a member of the Dominican Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Mary Magdalene in Salamanca, but was denied initially by the local bishop, who only granted her permission to work as a maid for the religious community. Some years later, he relented and she made final vows as a Dominican Sister. She was known for the care she gave to the poor, sick and down-hearted. Her cause for canonisation is being promoted by different groups.

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