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Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Burkinabé historian, politician and writer

1922   -   2006

country of citizenship: Burkina Faso, Senegal
language of expression: French
educated at: Faculty of Arts of Paris, Sciences Po
occupation: politician, historian, university teacher
award received: Commander of the French Order of Academic Palms, Right Livelihood Award, Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights
position held: Member of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso

Joseph Ki-Zerbo (June 21, 1922 – December 4, 2006, Burkina Faso) was a Burkinabé historian, politician and writer. He is recognized as one of Africa's foremost thinkers. From 1972 to 1978 he was professor of African History at the University of Ouagadougou. In 1983, he was forced into exile, only being able to return in 1992. Ki-Zerbo founded the Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist Party. He was its chairman until 2005, and represented it in the Burkina Faso parliament until his death in 2006. A socialist and an advocate of African independence and unity, Ki-Zerbo was also a vocal opponent of Thomas Sankara's revolutionary government.
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