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Widow of Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop dies

Widow of Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop dies


The widow of the Senegalese scholar and Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop, Louise Marie Diop, died Friday in Paris at the age of 90 following a long illness.

She will be buried in Senegal. No funeral timelines have been given.

After the disappearance of the Egyptologist, Louise Marie Diop Maes never wanted to remarry, something she considered an act of treason against her husband.

An author of 20 publications, Louise Marie Diop Maes was a certified Honorary Professor of History and Geography.

In one of his books on the population of pre-colonial Africa, Diop argued in particular that, contrary to popular belief, the continent, from prehistory to the 16th century, was not underpopulated compared to other parts of the world like Europe.

He is famous for calling for the creation of a federal state in Black Africa.

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