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date: 29 November 2020

Obenga, Théophile Mwené locked

(1936– ),
  • Jeremy Rich


Congolese (Brazzaville) historian and Egyptologist active in the United States, was born in the town of Mbaya, now located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 2 February 1936. Obenga completed his primary and secondary studies in the Congo prior to independence in 1960. He then moved to France, where he received a range of degrees. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Bordeaux, a master’s degree in history from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and a doctorate in the humanities from Montpellier University. He also received a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed further coursework in linguistics, Egyptology, and archaeology in France and Switzerland.

Obenga speaks French, English, Greek, Italian, Arabic, Latin, Syriac, and several African languages. In the 1960s and early 1970s Obenga developed a close collaboration with the legendary Senegalese historian and Afrocentric ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of African Biography.

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