Ukawsaw Gronnoisaw: First African to publish a book in Britain

Ukawsaw Gronnoisaw: First African to publish a book in Britain

- Ukawsaw Gronnoisaw, known as James Albert, born in 1705, is said to be the first African to publish a book in Britain

- The book was a narrative that tells the story of his life as a slave after he was taken from Nigeria and sold by an ivory merchant

- Albert's book is also reported to be the first slave narrative and one that captures human effects of forceful migration

Ukawsaw Gronnoisaw whose real name is James Albert who was born in 1705 and died in September 1775, a freed slave, is considered to be the first person to publish a book in Britain.

His book, titled: Narrative of the most remarkable particulars in the life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as related by himself, follows after his life during slavery.

According to Wikipedia, the book was also the first slave narrative in the English language. The book tells about how he was captured in Nigeria and subjected to a life of poverty.

Born in Borno, he was forcefully taken at the age of 15 by ivory businessman who sold him to a Dutch master.

The preface of the book was said to have been written by Reverend Walter Shirley. While in New York, the Nigerian author learned to read and write.

Albert James was said to have learnt to read and write in New York. Photo source: Wikipedia

Albert James was said to have learnt to read and write in New York. Photo source: Wikipedia
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the United States honoured Angel Adelaja, another Nigerian, who is doing something really great in the agricultural sector.

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She is the owner of Fresh Direct Nigeria, a company that is very concerned with the production of food produce. The wonderful thing about what she does is that she does a kind of farming that is known as hydroponics, a crop growing system that does not need soil.

Another thing is that though the farming does not use the kind of water the traditional type uses, it produces 15 times more than normal farming.

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