Ukawsaw Gronniosaw

writer and enslaved man

1710 or 1705   -   1775

country of citizenship: Bornu Empire
occupation: writer, autobiographer

Ukawsaw Gronniosaw (c. 1705 – 28 September 1775), also known as James Albert, was an enslaved man and is considered the first published African in Britain. Gronniosaw is known for his 1772 narrative autobiography A Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, an African Prince, as Related by Himself and which is the first slave narrative published in England. His groundbreaking autobiography recounted his early life in present-day Nigeria, and subsequent times under and after enslavement.
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