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“I Am West African!” 3 in the Arts

Alexander Pushkin recites his poem before Gavrila Derzhavin during the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum exam on January 8th, 1815 by Ilya Repin | Courtesy of


“I Am West African!” 3 in the Arts

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Check out these individuals whose West African ancestry are hardly mentioned, except maybe one of them.


Alexandre Dumas – French Author

French Author born in 1802, Dumas is known for his most popular works, “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. His paternal Grandmother was West African and his Father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas was born in Haiti. His Father was a well known high ranking General in the French and Haitian Revolutions.

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Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer with ancestral links across West Africa and the other side of the Atlantic. He resides in Maryland, USA with his family.

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