Abram Gannibal, bust in Petrovskoe.
Photo Credit Wikipedia Abram Gannibal, bust in Petrovskoe.

Afro-Russians are persons having parents who are of African and Russian decent either ways.

The phrase “Afro-Russians” does not share the same definition or meaning with the phrase “African-Americans.” This is as a result that Russia in no way participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade in which many Africans were taken into slavery into Western Europe and America.

The phrase Afro-Russians means a person that has any of their parents a Russian or African descent. (By maternal relation or paternal relationships) either way.

Nevertheless, with that out of the way lets progress into the list of top 20 prominent Afro-Russians.

Fasten yourself in your couch, glue you eyes in the screen, don’t move, this is going to be so interesting.

No. 1 on the list of influential Afro-Russians

1. ABRAHAM PETROVICH GANNIBAL

Abraham Petrovich is an African who was taken away from Cameroon by the ottoman slave traders, who sold him to Fedor Golovin a Russian diplomat.

He was afterward, gifted to the Tsar Peter the Great a Russian ruler, who immediately set him free from his slavery Chains, adopted him, sent him to a University in France to study Engineering. After his return to Russia he became a military leader in the Russian Empire and a noble man.

Abraham Petrovich is also the maternal Great-grand father to Alexander Pushkin one of the most respected Russian poet.

2. ALEKSANDR ALUMONA

Alexandr Alumona an Afro-Russian footballer of Nigerian descent. He has calved a pretty decent niche for himself in the football space.

He won the Hungary cup in 2005/2006 and 3rd place prize winner of the Hungarian National championship.

3. ALLAN DUGBLEI

Allan Dzhoakimovich Dugblei is another Afro-Russian professional football player. Presently retired.

He played for the Russian National League his first debut FC Chernomoret Novorossiysk Vs FC Vityaz Pidolsk.

He has a Russian Mother and a Ghanaian Father.

4. LYUKMAN ADAMS

Lyukman Rasakovich Adams is sportsman of Nigerian-Russian decent. A triple jumper.

Adam was handed a four year ban from sports after he was found guilty of dropping.

Although, he has made a pretty good achievements in the history of his carrier.

In the 2007 European Junior Championships in Hengelo, Netherlands he came the first position in triple jumping. Also came ist in the 2005 European youth Olympic festival Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.

In the 2010 European championship in Barcelona, Spain he came 6th position and 3rd position in the world indoor championships in Istanbul.

Meanwhile in 3 other occasions in London, Sopot in Poland and Zurich Switzerland he was disqualified.

Then in 2015 world championships in Beijing, China he came 5th position.

He also has a brother Layonel Adam’s who is a professional football player.

5. IVAN ABRAHAMOVICH GANNIBAL

Ivan Abraamovich Gannibal is the son of an Afro-Russian military commander a general and engineer, Petrovich Gannibal.

He’s also the great-uncle to the renowned and one of the most respected Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin.

During the war between Russia and Turkey often referred to as the Russo-Turkish war, Gannibal led a detachment of the imperial Black sea fleet which besieged and captured the Turkish Fortress of Navarin.

Gannibal rose to the rank of a Military General in Russia and also took part in founding the city of Kherson.

6. ALICE EDUN

Alice Edun a Nigerian-Russian gospel singer. She’s professionally known as Edun.

7. NKEIRUKA EZEKH

She’s a renowned curler who represented the Russian Federation in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics games. In 2006 her team won the European Curling Championships.

Her father is a Nigerian of Igbo descent, the Mother is Chuvash in the Siberian region of Russia. Although the Chuvash people are of Turkic ethnicity who are found throughout the Russian federation.

8. BRIAN IDOWU

Brain Idowu is a footballer player currently playing for a Russian club Khimki on loan from Lokomotive Moscow.

A son to a Nigerian and a Russian-Nigerian mother.

9. VICTOR KEYRU

Victor is Keyru a Sierra Leonian-Russian basket baller who represented the Russian Federations national basketball team.

10. YELENA ABDULAEVNA KHANGA

Is a Russian journalist who was raised in Moscow in the Era of the USSR. She’s the author of “Soul to Soul: which tells the story of a Black Russian American Family daring back 1865-1992.

11. STANISLAV MARSEYEVICH LEBAMBA

A Russian footballer, who plays for BFC Daugavpils. He’s mother is Congolese and his mother is Russian.

He has made 8 appearances in the Russian Nation football league.

12. CIRILL MAKANDA-ETOGO

Cameroonian-Russian professional football player. Presently retired after a 10 year professional carrier

13. AVUA-SIAV LEO TOMOVICH NELSON

He’s born to a Ghanaian father, and a Russian mother. Leo Nelson is Russian professional footballer, presently retired.

He’s the first African to represent the the Russian Federation internationally.

14. PETER ODEMWINGIE

Peter Odemwingie is a renowned Nigerian professional football player, who grew up in Uzbekistan and Russia.

However, Peter Odemwingie has a pretty clean sheet in his football carrier during which he played scored 23 goals for locomotive Moscow. He has also made appearances in other European leagues.

15. ADESOYE OYETUNDEZHIEVICH OYEWOLE

Born in Moscow, Russia to a Nigerian father and Russian mother. He plays for Tambov a defensive midfielder.

16. JEAN GREGOIRE SAGBO

Jean Sagbo is a politician beside that a real estate agent. He’s elected the councilor of Novozavidovo, Konakovsky District, in the Tver region.

He’s the ist Afro-Russian to be elected a councilor in the Russian Federation.

17. JERRY-CHRISTIAN TCHUISSE

Jerry-Christain Tchuisse is a Cameroonian retired professional footballer. Besides playing for Chernomorets Novorossiysk he also played for Spartak Moscow, DC Moscow, Terek Grozny, and FC Vityaz Podolsk.

Despite failing to secure admission into a Russian University in Krasnodar he then moved to Russia either way. Nevertheless, he was spotted by a coach of an amateur football team while playing football with his friends.

However, in few months Jerry-Christian’s impressive efforts in the Krasnodar krai team at an exhibition event earned him his first professional contract which enabled him to move to the top Russian division.

18. EMILIYA KHALSBERIYEVNA TUREY

Emilia Turey, born to a Sierra Leonean Father, and a Russian Mother.

She’s a 3-time world champion in 2005, 2007, and 2009. She also a silver medalist in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

In Addition a bronze medalist in the European Championship in 2018, in 2007 she won the EHF Champions League and the EHF cup winner’s Cup in the year 2009.

All these credits was achieved with the Russian team.

19. GREGORY SIYATVINDA

BORN IN Russia, to a Zambian father, and Russian mother.

He’s a Russian actor he won the Merited Artist of the Russian Federation in 2006 and a State Prize of the Russian Federation laureate in 2004.

20. ELLADJ BALDE

Elladj Baldé was born in Moscow, Russia to a Guinean father and a Russian mother. His Russian mother introduced him to skating at the age of seven (7).

Hanging on his wall of achievement so far is a Silver Medal which he won at the Canadian Championships and the Junior title at the Canadian championship in 2018. In Addition, he won a pair of medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and made his senior national debut at the 2009 Canadian Championships, finishing 10th Position.

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21. ISABEL DOS SANTOS

Born in Azerbaijan, USSR. Her father is the president former president of Angola Eduardo Dos Santos, and her mother is Kukanova Tatiana who met during the time the former president of Angola was a student in Azerbaijan during the Soviet Era.

Isabel Dos Santos is Forbes Africa’s richest woman and also one of the notable Afro-Russians.

Although, there are other Afro-Russians doing great things in their professional fields.

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SOURCE: AFRICAN IN RUSSIA

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