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Birago Diop

Senegalese poet, storyteller and diplomat

1906   -   1989

country of citizenship: Senegal
language of expression: French
educated at: École nationale vétérinaire de Toulouse
occupation: diplomat, writer, veterinarian, collector of fairy tales, poet
award received: Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire
position held: ambassador

Birago Diop (11 December 1906 – 25 November 1989) was a Senegalese poet and storyteller whose work restored general interest in African folktales and promoted him to one of the most outstanding African francophone writers. A renowned veterinarian, diplomat and leading voice of the Négritude literary movement, Diop exemplified the "African renaissance man".
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