Diop, Birago

Diop, Birago

▪ Senegalese author
born Dec. 11, 1906, Dakar, French West Africa [now in Senegal]
died Nov. 25, 1989, Dakar

      Senegalese poet and recorder of traditional folktales and legends of the Wolof people.

      Diop received his education in Dakar and Saint-Louis, Senegal, and then studied veterinary medicine at the University of Toulouse until 1933. This was followed by a series of tours as government veterinary surgeon in The Sudan, Côte d'Ivoire, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), and Mauritania. From 1961 to 1965 he served as newly independent Senegal's ambassador to Tunisia.

      He is known for his small but beautifully composed output of lyric poetry. With his compatriot Léopold Sédar Senghor, Diop was active in the Negritude (q.v.) movement in the 1930s, which sought a return to African cultural values. Diop explored the mystique of African life in Leurres et lueurs (“Lures and Glimmerings”), a selection of his verse written between 1925 and 1960.

      Diop received literary awards in 1964 for Les Contes d'Amadou Koumba (1947; Tales of Amadou Koumba) and Les Nouveaux Contes d'Amadou Koumba (1958), both reprinted in the 1960s, and for Contes et lavanes (1963; Tales and Commentaries). These books contained tales that were first told him by his family's griot (a storyteller whose role is to preserve the oral traditions of his tribe). Diop's skill in rendering the nuances of dialogue and gesture furthered the popularity of his books, selections from which were reprinted in a school-text edition in 1967. Les Contes d'Awa (“Tales of Awa”) appeared in 1978. His autobiography, La Plume raboutée (The Spliced Pen), was also published in 1978.

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