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Paul Niger

Paul Niger (1933-1962), was a poet and political activist from Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. He was born Albert Beville, but Niger's passion for Africa led him to take the pen name of the great African Niger River. His major theme was Africa and the pride that he felt in being a descendant of Africans. According to the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature, Niger completed secondary studies at the Lycée Carnot in the town of Pointe-à-Pitre. Later on, during World War II, he travelled to Paris to attend the École de la France d’Outre-mer, a school established to train colonial officers. Niger was a supporter of the Négritude, a black consciousness movement founded by Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas, and Léopold Senghor (early to mid 1900’s).[1]

Edward A. Jones, publisher of Voices of Negritude (1971), described Niger’s poetry as, “at once violent and tender, like the land of his ancestors”.[2]

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Herbert Mnguni, Mbukeni (1998). Education as a Social Institution and Ideological Process. Germany: Waxman Verlag GmbH.


  1. ^ Figueredo, D. H. (2006). Encyclopedia of Caribbean Literature (Volume 2 ed.). Westport, CT 06881: Greenwood Press. p. 580.  
  2. ^ Edward A., Jones (1971). Voices of Negritude. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. p. 82. 

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