Before the war, Senghor worked to create an ideological framework that would encompass his French-ness and his African-ness. As time progressed he increasingly became more attached to his African traditions and less interested in assimilation.
In addition to encouraging the arts and architecture, he also funded literature and built schools, libraries and mosques. Timbuktu soon became a centre of education and people travelled from around the world to study at what would become the Sankore University.
How can we possibly steal, that which belongs to us?