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CAMEROON – Another medal for Cameroonian creator Imane Ayissi

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We can say it: Imane Ayissi brought African fashion out of the ghetto and dusted the imaginary. Without context, he remains one of the best African creators. For its universal messages, the French National Assembly paid a vibrant tribute to the Cameroonian creator Imane Ayissi.
On Friday, August 25, 2022, on his Facebook account, it read: “I am delighted to inform you that the medal of the French National Assembly was given to me by Vincent Ledoux, the deputy of Northern France. I give thanks”.

Haute couture enters the chamber
Last Friday, the icon of African fashion, Imane Ayissi received the medal of the National Assembly from Vincent Ledoux, the deputy of the tenth constituency of the North. Normally this medal is reserved for parliamentarians. Also, questions arise! Imane Ayissi is not a parliamentarian. Why this honor? It must be said that Imane is the first West African designer to integrate the very selective calendar of Parisian haute couture. A consecration. A well-deserved recognition for an important actor of the world of culture who, in 30 years of parade, has not finished to mark with his imprint the world of fashion.

We are witnessing an African fashion boom. Today, every fashion show of designers and designers from the African continent attracts a large audience and more than just knowledgeable collectors. In terms of fashion, Africa is comparable to an active volcano. Increasingly present on the international catwalks, the designer and his creations are in full effervescence. The visibility of creators from the African continent has brought down stereotypes.

Imane Ayissi (52) combines African fashion with a globalized world view. Now subscribed to the official haute couture calendar, Ayissi has an aesthetically modern style. This Cameroonian designer has expanded the cultural canons inspired by his career as a dancer, model and writer. This great designer creates moving forms, putting in the foreground the know-how of African artisans. Also, Ledoux affirms that Imane Aussi: “makes the bridge, the link, the artistic and cultural bridge between Europe and Africa”.

Imane Ayissi has made herself known with a committed wardrobe with feminist accents. It has established itself as an open African window on the international scene. Each of his parades tells a story of Africa to Europeans and represents a form of Afro-activism. This passionate about couture and the search for originality, it is a head full of the exotic heritage of Africa that expresses itself: At 53 years, this African baobab has not finished showing the nerd, the leaven, of creations drawn from the beautiful African landscape. He uses existing materials to make masterpieces. Each of his creations is an autobiography of Africa. Imane Ayissi is quite famous in the world: he is a man of great culture. For all that he brings to Africa, it would not be unfair to say thank you to him. Imane Ayissi is a great icon.

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SENEGAL – Fatimata Diallo BA: The Glow of the Feather Winner

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Fatimata Diallo BA

Fatimata Diallo BA, a French-Senegalese writer, recently made her mark on literary minds by winning the prestigious Cénacle Prize for Young Writers of Senegal in 2023 with her poignant novel «Rouges Silences».

Originally from Dakar, Fatimata grew up in a rich cultural atmosphere, and her academic background led her to the university benches in Poitiers and Paris, where she studied Classics. This Franco-Senegalese acquired a unique perspective, merging the literary influences of the two cultures that shaped her.

With seventeen years of experience teaching in the suburbs of Paris, Fatimata Diallo BA decided to return to Senegal, where she currently works as a teacher of French and Latin at the prestigious Jean Mermoz French High School in Dakar. Her dedication to education and the transmission of knowledge is reflected in her active commitment to her students.

«Rouges Silences», his award-winning work, is a testament to Fatimata’s literary sensibility. The novel, on deep and universal themes, captivated the jury of the Cénacle Young Writers Prize, attesting to the author’s exceptional talent.

In addition to her literary success, Fatimata Diallo BA is also known for her dynamic involvement in various literary meetings and fairs. Her love for sharing literature and promoting dialogue around the book is evident in her active participation in these events.

With «Rouges Silences», Fatimata Diallo BA asserts herself as an emerging voice that deserves attention and recognition in the contemporary literary landscape. Her commitment to education and her talent as a writer promise a promising future, making her an inspiring figure for future generations of writers in Senegal and beyond.

Source: Senegal Njaay

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SENEGAL – Exclusive interview with Yussu Dumbia a.k.a Y.DEE

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W.DEE

As part of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip-Hop Awards, the Ze-Africanews team met Y.DEE the initiator of this cultural project.

Y.DEE lives between Senegal and the United States, he returns every year for this program in the city of Dakar. Host, columnist and rapper, he told us about his career, his impressions at the end of the 9th edition of the Galsen Hip Hop Awards edition 2023. During this edition the 50 years of Hip Hop were celebrated.

The African continent was represented at this edition. The older generation was honoured as forerunners and elders in the field.

Rwanda was the sponsor of this edition.

The full interview is available here:

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CULTURE-LIVRE – Journalist Madiambal Diagne publishes a book on the history of Adji Sarr and Ousmane Sonko

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The head of the press group Avenir Communication, which claims on all rooftops its proximity with President Macky Sall, announced this Friday, July 21, 2023 the release of its «investigation book» on the story that led Ousmane Sonko and the young masseuse Adji Sarr before the Criminal Chamber of Dakar on 23 May.

I am announcing the release of my investigation into the Adji Sarr – Ousmane Sonko case. The book “Ousmane Sonko – Adji Sarr: History”, will be sold on Monday, July 24 everywhere. The preface is by Hamidou Anne. I am published by Daily Editions,” he wrote on Twitter.

It should be noted that Hamidou Anne who prefaced this book is also one of the most virulent detractor of the Senegalese opponent. His columns are published on the website and the newspaper of the press group held by Madiambal Diagne, author of the book published by his own publishing house.

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