Google Doodle is celebrating the legendary Sudanese poet Muhammad Al-Fayturi on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of his birthday, by featuring a graphic doodle for him.
He is remembered as one of the Arab and African most influential poets and was also a recipient of the Arab Poetry Award, the highest honor for poetry in the MENA.
The legendary African and Arab poet has been called the father of contemporary Arabic poetry school, and African Modern Literature; he is widely revered as one of the greatest artists of all time and most diversely talented person to have ever walked on the earth.
Al-Fayturi was born in 1936 in Al Geneina in Western Darfur, Sudan, to a constructive father who was a Sufi sheikh of Libyan descent, and an Egyptian mother.
He grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and enrolled in Al-Azhar University until 1953, and then continued his studies in literature at Cairo University.
After finishing his college studies, he joined the Institute of Political Science in Cairo.
At the age of 13, Al-Fayturi started writing classical Arabic poetry, and later became one of the major figures of contemporary Arabic poetry.
He is well-known for his seminal artworks, such as the “Aga’nni Afriqia”, “Ashiq Meen Afriqia”, Azkor’inni Yaa Afriqia”, “Aesfoort el’ daam”, and “Ma’zoffa lee Darawessh Matagool”.
According to Arab media, his poetry seminal work particularly draws upon his experience as an African living among Arabs, and thus addresses issues such as race, class, and colonialism.
In 2015, Al-Fayturi passed away at the age of 79, in Rabat, Morocco.