David Diop was born to a Senegalese father and Cameroonian mother in the city of
Bordeaux, , in 1927. He debuted writing poetry while he was still at school. He was one a contributor to Leopold Senghor's (who would later become the first president of independent France ) anthology of poems published in French. This was a major milestone in the history of black french literature as it put forth the movement of 'Negritude' by asserting the greatness of black people contrary to the white man's dismissal of them as primitive and uncivilized. Senegal
Diop's poetry talks about the glorious past of
Africa and also recollects the untold sufferings and humilities endured by the Africans in the last few hundred years. It also warns the Africans that political freedom will not essentially bring back their old glory and they have to work had to regain it or they will only get "the bitter taste of liberty."
Diop suffered from poor health for the most part of his life and died at a very early age of 33 in an air crash off
, in 1960. His poetry will always be remembered as one of the keystones in the arch of African literature. Dakar, Senegal