Omar Blondin Diop

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Born(1946-09-18)September 18, 1946
Niamey, Niger
DiedMay 11, 1973(1973-05-11) (aged 26)
Gorée, Senegal
  • Anti-colonial revolutionary
  • Artist
  • Politician

Omar Blondin Diop was a West African anti-colonial revolutionary and artist.

Life and Career

Born on 18 September, 1946 in Niamey, Niger, he lived in and was politically active in many countries, notably as a student and organizer in France and Senegal. He was active in the Mao-inspired student movement Paris, playing his own role as a student radical in La Chinoise and taking part in the May 68 uprising before he was deported for his political work in 1969.[1] Diop continued his activism back in Senegal, agitating to overthrow Leopold Senghor's French-backed government with the Movement of Young Marxist–Leninists (MJML) and the Committee for the Initiative for Permanent Revolutionary Action (CIARP).[2] While preparing to initiate a war against Senegal's neo-colonial government, he was arrested with other radicals and died in prison on 11 May, 1973, a death many of his supporters believe was an assassination.[3]


  1. "Il y a 40 ans, l'activiste de gauche Omar Blondin Diop mourait en détention à Gorée". Agence de Presse Sénégalaise.
  2. Bianchini, Pascal (2019). "The 1968 years: revolutionary politics in Senegal". Review of African Political Economy. 46 (160): 184–203. doi:10.1080/03056244.2019.1631150. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. "Omar Blondin Diop: Seeking Revolution in Senegal". Review of African Political Economy.

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