I will pronounce your name, Naett, I will declaim you, Naett!
Naett, your name is mild like cinnamon; it is the fragrance, in which the lemon grove sleeps,
Naett, your name is the sugared clarity of blooming coffee trees
And it resembles the savannah that blossoms forth under the masculine ardour of the midday sun.
Name of dew, fresher than the shadows of tamarind,
Fresher even than the short dusk, when the heat of the day is silenced.
Naett that is the dry tornado, the hard clap of lightening
Naett, coin of gold, shinning coal, you my night, my sun!…
I am your hero, and now I have become your sorcerer, in order to pronounce your names.
Princess of Elissa, banished from Futa on the fateful day.
Léopold Sédar Senghor has been acclaimed as the father of the Negritude movement (formed by black Francophone intellectuals to reject the racist ideologiest of colonialism and promote their shared African heritage) and one of the greatest Francophone African poets. Born in Senegal, he schooled both in Dakar and in Paris. He was the first West African to teach in a French university. In 1960, he became the President of the Federal Republic of Mali and later in the same year, the President of Senegal.