A prominent Senegalese political figure, Doctor Dusmane Soce Diop, died at Daker in Senegal of Friday (October 26th).
A prominent Senegalese political figure, Doctor Dusmane Soce Diop, died at Daker in Senegal of Friday (October 26th). He was 63.
Born in 1911, Dr. Diop was a veterinarian by profession and an author of a number of books on black African legends. Before Senegal achieved independence, he was a member of the French Republic's Senate from 1946 to 1948. He was appointed a territorial Councillor of Senegal in 1957, and a year later became Minister of Planning. Dr. Diop returned to the Senate in 1959.
After the proclamation of independence, Dr. Diop was appointed Ambassador to the United States, and later became the first permanent Senegalese representative to the United Nations.
Among his better known books are "Karim, Mirages de Paris" ("Karim, Mirage of Paris"), and "Rythmes du Khalam" (a collection of traditional tales).