Anton Wilhelm Amo

Brotha+Anton+Wilhelm+Amo+18th+Century+Renaissance+ManAnton Wilhelm Amo (c. 1703 – c. 1759)

On this date (Oct 3rd) in 1990, East and West Germany unified to form the country we know today. Although there is an obvious negative history of Germany, it is an amazing country; from the footballing annihilation of Brazil, Franzbrötchen, The Black Forest and internationally known efficiency, it also was home to one arguably the first African to attend a European University.

He was born in modern day Ghana and ‘given’ to the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. Fortunatly, he was treated as part of the Dukes family, and attended Law school at the University of Halle in 1727. He gained his doctorate in philosophy in 1734 studying metaphysics, astrology, law and medicine to name a few subjects. After lecturing in Halle, he was made a professor in 1736 in addition to writing papers on Empiricism similar to philosophers like John Locke. Just to put things into context, he acheived all of this 40 years before America declared Independence in 1776. He also mastered 6 languages including French, Greek and Latin.


Here is some more information about Amo:

His story resembles that of Abram Petrovich Gannibal (c. 1696 – 14 May 1781), who was taken from east Africa (perhaps modern day Eritrea) and became a major general, military engineer and nobleman of the Russian Empire.


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