By Fatou Sow
Aminata Diaw was our friend. She was my colleague, my sister, my friend.
We became colleagues upon her arrival in 1986 at the University of Dakar. Young and brilliant, with a string of qualifications under her belt, she became one of the first Senegalese women to teach philosophy there. It was still the time to be ‘The first woman to…’ but Aminata was actually the first in many fields. After a high school diploma obtained with distinction (Mention Bien) in Senegal, she enrolled into the selective preparatory classes reserved for a student elite, in France. She completed this cycle by obtaining a Doctorate in Philosophy with a thesis on ‘The Political Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’, awarded unanimously with the highest distinction, Très Bien, from the jury.
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