Colette Senghor, wife of Léopold Sédar Senghor, died at 93

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The former first lady of Senegal Colette Senghor, wife of the former president and cantor of the negritude Léopold Sédar Senghor, died at the age of 93 in Verson (Calvados). "Mrs. Senghor has left us," said the municipality expressing his "immense sadness" after learning Monday that death occurred "in his family home".

"I learned with emotion the reminder to God of Mrs. Colette Senghor, I pay homage to the 1st First Lady of Senegal, discreet woman and woman of the shadow of the late Pte Léopold S. Senghor. , in the name of the nation, my deepest condolences, "reacted in the night on Twitter Senegalese President Macky Sall.

"Elegant and discreet"

Born November 20, 1925 in Mouzay (Meuse), Colette Senghor, born Hubert, had married Léopold Sédar Senghor, then member of Senegal, October 18, 1957. "Elegant and discreet", Colette Senghor had become first lady of Senegal and " always watched and supported her husband in his political life and was the source of his inspiration in his artistic life, "says the municipality.

Deceased in 2001 in Verson, Léopold Sédar Senghor had devoted to his "muse" and "tender companion", the collection of poems Wintering letters, recalls the city of Verson.

"It is also she who forever linked the poet president to Normandy, and more specifically to Verson, where the couple used to come to vacation in the family home of Mrs. Senghor, 150 rue du General Leclerc, then to reside there from the 1980s, "recalls the town.

"Colette Senghor has always watched over her husband's memory"

At the ceremonies of the centenary of Léopold Sédar Senghor in Verson in 2006, the Secretary General of the Francophonie, Abdou Diouf, had paid tribute to Mrs. Senghor, said the municipality.

"Colette Senghor has always kept watch over her husband's memory and has made sure that part of her archives is kept, notably, in the Djilor room in Espace Senghor in Verson", adds the commune which makes each year tribute to this "beautiful heritage" through its cultural programming.

Poet and writer, Léopold Sédar Senghor was a champion of Négritude, a movement for the defense of the cultural values ​​of the black world that he founded in the 1930s with Martinique Aimé Césaire and Guyanese Leon Gontran Damas. Associate in French grammar, he was the first African member of the French Academy.

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