Blaise Diagne


Birthday October 13, 1872

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Dakar, Senegal

DEATH DATE May 11, 1934 (61)

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He became the first black African to hold a senior position in French government when he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1914.

Before Fame

He studied in France and was a freemason, joining a lodge affiliated with the Grand Orient de France.


He was Senegal's representative in the Chamber of Deputies, the mayor of Dakar, and was a firm advocate of equal rights for all.

Family Life

He was adopted by a Christian family who changed his name from Galaye Mbaye to Blaise.

Associated With

He and Baaba Maal were born in Senegal.