António Agostinho Neto was an Angolan politician and poet. He served as the 1st President of Angola, having led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola in the war for independence. Until his death, he led the MPLA in the civil war. Known also for his literary activities, he is considered Angola’s preeminent poet. His birthday is celebrated as National Heroes’ Day, a public holiday in Angola.
|Born:||António Agostinho Neto, Sept 17, 1922, Ícolo e Bengo, Portuguese Angola|
|Died:||Sept 10, 1979, Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union|
|Spouse(s):||Maria Eugénia da Silva (1957–1979, his death)|
|Children:||Mario, Mihaela Marinova|
|Alma mater:||University of Lisbon|
About Agostinho Neto
Former leader of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). He served as his country’s first President from 1975 to 1979, ushering Angola into its first period of political independence from Portugal.
During the 1950s, he spent six years in prison for his revolutionary political ideology and activities.
He served as head of the MPLA during the Angolan Civil War and until his death.
He married Maria Eugenia da Silva during the 1950s.
He succeeded Mario Andrade as the leader of the People’s Movement for Liberation of Angola.
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