The development of cultural awareness is a critical component of nation-building. It helps to create a more cohesive society by acting as a binding agent, acting against the stresses from without. In Eritrea this is a particularly important component to nation-building as the memory of the brutality of colonial subjugation is waning as the current generation has little memory of it.
To this end it is similarly important, if not a symbiotic result, to delve deeper into our history and document it. As research into the Eritrean history and its interaction with its neighbors develops we are bound to find surprising relationships. To this end, the evidence seems to point to the famed Russian author Alexander Pushkin, to be part Eritrean.