|Birthname||David Léon Mandessi Diop|
|born on||9 July 1927 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )|
|Place||Bordeaux, France, 44n50, 0w34|
|Timezone||GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||15°53' 08°21 Asc. 10°49'|
French West African poet, one of the most promising in his field, known for his contribution to the Négritude literary movement. His work reflects his anti-colonial stance and his hope for an independent Africa.
David Diop was born of a Senegalese father and a Cameroonian mother. He had his primary education in Senegal. He started writing poems while he was still in school, and his poems started appearing in "Présence Africaine" from age 15. Several of his poems were published in Léopold Senghor's famous anthology, which became a landmark of modern black writing in French.
He died in a plane crash, at the age of 33, on 29 August 1960. His one small collection of poetry, "Coups de pilon," came out from "Présence Africaine" in 1956; it was posthumously published in English as "Hammer Blows," translated and edited by Simon Mpondo and Frank Jones (African Writers Series, 1975).
Sy Scholfield quotes from "Biographie de David Léon Mandessi Diop" by Maria Diop (Présence africaine, 1980), p. 9: "Le 9 juillet 1927, à trois heures du matin, naissait un enfant de sexe masculin au foyer de G. Mamadou et Maria Diop, au 44, rue Fondaudège, à Bordeaux, en France."
Translation: 'On 9 July 1927, at three o'clock in the morning, a male child was born in the home of G. Mamadou and Maria Diop, at 44 Fondaudège Rue, Bordeaux, France.'
- Personal : Death : Accidental (Plane crash)
- Vocation : Writers : Poet