death of the eminent historian Iba Der Thiam

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The famous Senegalese intellectual Iba Der Thiam died on Saturday 31 October evening at the main hospital in Dakar at the age of 83 years. Associate professor of history, trade unionist, parliamentarian and politician, he left his mark on Senegal and Africa through his writings and his contribution to the country’s democratic life. President Macky Sall sent his condolences to this “world-famous historian” and “the current capital of Senegal.”

as reported from Dakar, Thea Ollivier

Tributes abound this Sunday morning in memory of Iba Der Thiam, a prominent Senegalese historian who died in Dakar.

This teacher at Cheikh Anta Diopa University marked Senegal by his many works, especially on trade unionism.

Member of the UNESCO Committee responsible for writing the history of Africa, he was also the coordinator of The General History of Senegal from 2013. This scientific project aimed to rewrite Senegalese history, which until now reflects the French colonial vision.

But Iba Der Thiam is also known for his political role. A union leader for almost 20 years and was also Minister of Education and Higher Education from 1983 to 1988.

Founder of the Convention for Democrats and Patriots Political Party in 1992, he was also deputy and then vice president of the National Assembly. Meanwhile, he ran in the 2000 presidential election, which he lost in the first round.

Involved in political life, first close to former President Abdou Diouf and Abdoulaye Wade, then to the current head of state Macky Sall, he continued in parallel to educate generations of historians.

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