Andrade Pinto 1928 - 1990 (62)

My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.


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Mario Coelho Pinto de Andrade was a poet, essayist and political activist for the liberation of his country. Born in Angola during the Portuguese occupation, on August 21, 1928, he studied Philology in the University of Lisbon. Together with other students and intellectuals, he founded the Center for African Studies in 1951 to reflect on the fate and development of Africa. He attended classes at the Sorbonne in France and wrote poems and essays against colonialism.

From 1951 to 1958 he was the editor-in-chief of a political magazine on African issues. In 1956 he took part in the effort to unite the various liberation fronts in a popular movement for the liberation of Angola. The movement was created with him as president for the first 2 years and then as secretary.

When Angola was liberated from the Portuguese in 1975, he briefly returned to Luanda, the Angolan capital, but chose self-exile in Guinea-Bissau, where he worked for the Government in posts including Commissioner of Culture. He later switched his base to Mozambique and traveled often to France, where at the Sorbonne he was writing a work on Angolan nationalism

He died in a London's hospital, of a long, chronic disease, in 1990.