Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Country: Burkina Faso
Date of Birth: Wednesday, 21 June, 1922
Category: Public figures

Joseph Ki-Zerbo was a Burkinabé historian, politician and writer. He spent his youth in Toma where he grew up in a rural context inside a big family. Ki-Zerbo himself declared that his first 11 years passed in a rural context marked his personality and thoughts. He was recognized as one of Africa’s foremost thinkers. He was educated both in his home country in missionary schools at Toma, and Pabre (around 20 miles from the capital). Also, he studied at Faladie in Mali and after that at Sorbonne University, France. After getting his aggregation degree in History, he returned to Africa. Once back, he became politically active. From 1972 to 1978 he was Professor of African History at the University of Ouagadougou. But in 1983, he was forced into exile, only being able to return in 1992. Ki-Zerbo founded his own party, the Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist Party, of which he was chairman until 2005 and represented in the Burkina Faso parliament until 2006.

Quotes by Joseph Ki-Zerbo

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Without identity we are a object of history, an instrument used by others, like a utensil. Identity is an assumed role; it is like being in a theater where everyone is given a role to play. General
Human consciousness should be cultivated, sown, and watered, for it relates to life. It touches on ethics, anessthetics, and play. Like life itself, consciousness is not a machine that is set up according to logic to give forseeable results. General
At a village level, communication is the most important thing, that of addressing everyone with those problems that are common. General
African mentality consists not of being and/or producing, but of seeming and distributing. General