President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal was made an honorary professor of the National University of Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Friday (8 October).
SV PAN Dignitaries seated
SV PAN FROM President Mobutu of Zaire TO President Senghor of Senegal PAN TO President Omar Bongo of Gabon
SCU Woman in audience
SCU President Senghor receives document
GV PAN People applauding
SCU President Senghor in university robe and hat
SV People looking
SCU President Senghor speaking
SCU Mrs. Senghor
SCU President Mobutu shaking hands with President Senghor
The national festivities for President Senghor's 70th birthday ended on Saturday (9 October) with a mass rally and a procession through the capital.
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Background: President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal was made an honorary professor of the National University of Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko in the Senegalese capital Dakar on Friday (8 October). The solemn ceremony marked the end of a file day international seminar on culture and development held as part of the celebrations for President Senghor's 70th birthday.
SYNOPSIS: Representatives of governments from all over Africa and the Middle East and Europe attended the ceremony. President Mobutu and President Senghor have signed three treaties in recent years. President Omar Bongo of Gabon was also present to witness this latest link between the two countries.
President Senghor is one of Africa's oldest and longest serving leaders and a respected poet in French intellectual circles.
President Senghor told the audience he felt unworthy of such an honour and was deeply touched by the affection shown by President Mobutu in his action. Nothing could be more significant, President Senghor said, than President Mobutu's presence at the closing session of the seminar because it was he who had brought the authentic negro culture back to Africa.
Mrs. Senghor heard President Mobutu tell the guests that Europe had Marx. China had Mao and Africa should fell proud to have president Senghor.