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Pierrette Fofana

Politics Germany

Member of European Parliament
Alliance 90/The Greens
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance

Afro-German politician, human rights activist, and scholar Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana was born in Bamako, Mali, but grew up in Dakar, Senegal, the daughter of a Cape Verdean mother, Dona Joaquina Semedo-Lopès, who was Christian, and a Guinean father who was Muslim. Her early experience with nationalities and religions greatly influenced the course of her life. A brilliant student, she was sent to Paris, France, to attend the Sorbonne where she earned a master’s degree in German sociolinguistics. She received another master’s degree in literature from the University of Trier in Germany; and a doctorate in political science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, also in Germany, where she taught French as a second language. Read more about her on BlackPast.org.

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