AU celebrates Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop
"The African Union has plans underway to commemorate Senegalese historian, Cheikh Anta Diop, on the 20th anniversary of his death during a two-day programme scheduled to begin here next Tuesday, Senegalese Foreign Affairs Minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio announced on Friday.
"Panels of intellectuals from the continent and the Diaspora will celebrate the life and works of the Egyptologist and panafricanist who died in Dakar on 7 February 1986. In addition, there will be an exhibition of his works and a video projection of the most important conferences he hosted in Niamey, Cairo, Atlanta and elsewhere.
"'Through these events, the African Union aims at paying a worthy tribute to Cheikh Anta Diop who devoted his entire life to African renaissance and to a Union of the continent, and whose intellectual and scientific heritage is acknowledged by the institution as a basis for Africa's development,' Gadio added.
"Meanwhile, Gadio revealed that the organisation planned to establish shortly a special Cheikh Anta Diop Prize in order to reward the best African researchers."
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