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CAMEROON – Imane Ayissi, an outstanding designer

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27 January 2022. Paris is preparing to live an original night. It is the week of Parisian haute couture and fashion. Le All-Paris is invited. That evening, it is the toilets that will interest the audience. A watchword: count the buttons on very worked shirts… Watching the men’s swaying in mermaids, the winged goddesses’ flights. Supreme extravagance for a non-averted audience. This is the flower of Paris.

Imane Ayissi made a Knight of Arts and Letters
Next to this colorful scene, another big event. Of a more historical scope. Imane Ayissi, the very famous Cameroonian stylist, will be made a knight of the Arts and Letters of France. He is the first sub-Saharan designer to integrate the very selective calendar of Parisian haute couture. It was not easy, he said, moved to tears, during the presentation of the medal surrounded by his family. Long in the shadows – the world of fashion has its mysteries – the spotlights begin to illuminate it… We extend the microphone to him, we give him the floor. When he speaks, it is not only him who speaks. But, Africa; a son of the continent. Now the tongues are loose. The canary of the omerta has been broken. The most secret things come out. The Cameroonian stylist was put on the sidelines for a long time by the French public. A consecration. A well-deserved recognition for an important player in the world of culture who, in 30 years of fashion show, has not finished leaving its mark on the world of fashion.

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Writer, dancer, model, stylist… 
Imane Ayissi is a universal man. A jack of all trades. Graft him with wings in his back, he will soar. Fins, he will foam the seas. Nothing resists him. He came into the world with ideas from another time and his hands full of wonders. Everything bends to his limitless talent. And to say that, is a bit of an understatement. For, it is still a little saying. As comfortable with a pen as with a scissors, the former model has, over the years, slipped towards the scissors: the world of haute couture and fashion. By investing in his profession, he succeeded in becoming a key player and even a role model for young Africans. Imane made, while remaining deeply African, a haute couture until then almost exclusively reserved for the “white” man.

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Parades that tell stories…
Imane Ayissi’s traditional outfits, with Western touch-ups, are drawn from the rich African heritage. The parades are moments for him to celebrate Africa. Each of his parades tells a story of Africa and represents a form of Afro-activism. These parades are moments for him to put Africa at the forefront, to talk about Africa. Each of his models that enters the scene allows to show the African landscapes scroll. It is far from those activists who fill the columns of the newspapers and who do not hesitate to make the punch to be heard. This passionate about sewing and seeking originality,it is a head full of the exotic heritage of Africa that expresses itself: At 53 years old, this African baobab has not finished showing the néré, the ferment, of creations drawn from the beautiful African landscape. He uses existing materials to create 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 thank him. Imane Ayissi is a great icon.

Long live Africa!

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

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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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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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