Boubacar Boris DIOP

Literature. Journalism. Editing. Translation.

Born in Senegal, Boubacar Boris Diop is a journalist, writer, teacher, editor, translator and public intellectual. Former editor-in-chief for the independent daily Le Matin, Boubacar Boris Diop has collaborated with the Zurich daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the Rome based magazine Internazionale. Since 2016, he has been a columnist at The New African Magazine. He is the author of Murambi, le livre des ossements (2000), a novel that revisits the Rwandan genocide, and Doomi Golo (2003), a novel written in Wolof and translated into French, English and Spanish. In Africa beyond the mirror (2007), a book translated from French, he addresses the erroneous characterizations and sterile accounts conveyed in the Western media about Africa. In 2014, he published with Aminata Dramane Traoré, La gloire des imposteurs, Lettres sur le Mali et l’Afrique. For the past twenty years, Boubacar Boris Diop has been teaching African Literature and Creative Writing in many universities, namely Rutgers University (2008), WISER Institute, Johannesburg (2010), Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal (2011), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (2014), and American University of Nigeria (2015-2019). In 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (ALA) at Yale. His lecture was entitled “The Relevance of Cheikh Anta Diop for African creative writing”. Also known as a relentless advocate of the use of national languages, Boubacar Boris Diop is the editor of Lu defu waxu, the first online newspaper in Wolof, and the Director of the publishing house EJO-Editions specialized in literature written in Wolof and other Senegalese national languages.