Abraham Hannibal, Pushkin’s African Ancestor

by Dieudonne Gnammankou

Hanibal was probably the most outstanding African in Europe in the 18th Century, and the fact that he was the great grandfather of Russia’s greatest writer, Alexander Pushkin, makes him of even greater interest.

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Hanibal was probably the most outstanding African in Europe in the 18th Century, and the fact that he was the great grandfather of Russia’s greatest writer, Alexander Pushkin, makes him of even greater interest.

–Edition Académique des Oeuvres Complètes de Pouchkine, Moscou.

«The research of Dieudonne Gnammankou profoundly changes our vision of the homeland and the childhood of Pushkin’s famous black ancestor

–The Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Vol. 65, N 12, dec. 1995

«Gnammankou a pour la première fois formellement identifié la ville de Logone ou Lagone. Il a réuni une riche documentation sur l’histoire de Logone qu’il a interpretée a la lumière des faits qui étaient jusqu’alors connus mais qui n’avaient pas été  prouvés scientifiquement.»

–I. Yourieva, author of Pushkin and Christianity

«[Ce] bel ouvrage…est un document original et précieux sur un aspect peu connu de la diaspora africaine.»

E. Soumonni, Prof., Université Nationale du Benin.

Dieudonné Gnammankou’s work on Gannibal, culminating in the publication of «Abraham Hanibal, l’aïeul noir de Pouchkine », ushered in a new era in the study of Pushkin’s African ancestry. Gnammankou, a Beninese scholar, has definitively established that Gannibal came from an area in central Africa bordering Lake Chad (currently a part of North Cameroon) and not from Abyssinia or Ethiopia as scohlars had earlier asserted. The interest (and in some cases scandal) that has ensued after thy discovery is worthy of ficton… There has been a flurry of new, largely academic works on Gannibal in the wake of Gnammankou’s bombshell and in 1996 scholars celebrated the tricentennial of Abram Gannibal’s birth, which served as an occasion for a revisiting and revision of the previous research on Gannibal’s life; most likely the tricentennial, nourished by the new information provided by Gnammankou, generated a new focus on Gannibal.

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