Senghor was accepted into the French Academy in 1984, becoming the body's first African member. He retired to France, where he had been a citizen since 1932, after leaving Senegalese politics. He died in Paris on 21 January 2001.
Why do some countries accept citizens of other countries but not the other way around? In other words, why does France only accept citizens of other countries? The short answer is that France and other countries have different requirements for citizenship. Countries require certain levels of education and knowledge of the language to be able to apply for citizenship; they also require certain levels of commitment to the country. If you don't meet these requirements, you can't become a citizen.
In the case of France, anyone who has the nationality of another country may apply for French citizenship. However, in order to be granted citizenship, you must fulfill some mandatory service time (18 years for men and 21 years for women). There is no option for people to claim citizenship by birthright. If you are born in France, you are considered a French citizen unless one of your parents isn't French.
People sometimes claim that they are born in France even though their parents are not French nationals. In this case, they are called "étrangers sans papiers" ("foreigners without papers").
Senghor founded the Senegalese Democratic Bloc party as well. Senghor was the first African to be elected to the Academie francaise. In 1985, he was awarded the International Nonino Prize in Italy. Many consider him to be one of the most influential African thinkers of the twentieth century.
In an interview with NPR shortly before his death in 2001, Senghor said, "I am a metaphysical poet, which means that I talk about ideas and feelings in a metaphorical language."
Here are some other interesting facts about Leopold Senghouer:
He was born on August 6, 1879 in Ziguinchur, now part of Senegal. His father was a French civil servant who worked for the colonial government and his mother was a Wolof princess. He had two siblings.
When Senghor was a child, his family moved to France where they lived in Paris until 1902 when they returned to Senegal. From this time on, Leopold Senghouer devoted himself to learning and became one of the leading intellectuals in West Africa.
He married Lucie Joachim in 1901 but she died just three years later due to tuberculosis. This had a great impact on Senghor who decided to dedicate himself to spiritual pursuits and began writing poems that would later become famous.
Senghor, Leopold Sedar Senghor was a Senegalese poet, writer, politician, and the first President of the Republic of Senegal (1960–1980). He was also the first African-born member of the Academie Française.
He was born on March 20, 1894, in Paimpol, France, to a family of ethnic Senegalese slaves who had been taken from Africa to work on French plantations. The boy was named after his father, who died when he was nine years old. He learned to read and write in the local school before going to Paris where he studied literature and economics. In 1920, he became one of the first Africans to be granted French citizenship.
During World War I, he served in the French army as a medic. After being wounded several times, he was awarded the Legion of Honor for his actions during the war. When he returned to Paris, he started writing poetry that was published in leading newspapers across Europe and America. His poems focused on social issues such as poverty, racism, and colonialism and they made him very popular among young people. In 1960, he was elected president of Senegal after it gained its independence from France. He served in this post until his death in 1980 at the age of 90. He is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Senegal and Africa more broadly.
He was appointed as one of Senegal's two delegates to the National Assembly in Paris in 1946. Senghor was elected on the Socialist ticket in 1948 and, as the candidate of same party, was reelected by a large margin in the 1951 French National Assembly elections. He ran again in 1956 but was defeated by Blaise Diagne of the African Democratic Rally (ADR) party.
Senghor was appointed as minister of public education and culture in the first government of Léopold Sédar Senghor in 1960. He remained in this post until his election as president four years later. During this time, he developed a reputation for promoting progressive ideas on cultural affairs. For example, he proposed an amendment to the constitution that would have allowed Islamic law to play a role in the nation's legal system.
In 1969, Senghor published Nkore: An Interpretation, which attempted to explain the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people of West Africa. The book became a landmark work for its understanding of African religions by an African author.
In 1980, Senghor was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts to build a more just world order based on respect for human dignity."
After retiring from politics in 1981, Leopold Senghor continued to write about political and social issues. He also developed new interests such as photography.