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PARIS FASHION WEEK – French-Cameroonian stylist Imane Ayissi makes African fashion shine in the French capital! Fortissimo!

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Twice a year, haute couture houses meet for hyper-giant fashion shows in a colourful atmosphere in the streets of Paris. For the Fall Winter 2022-23 Couture Collection, held from July 4 to 7, 2022, women’s bodies molded into thin evening dresses offered poses as refined as eroticized.


In the presence of fashion journalists, international department stores, prestigious multi-brand boutiques and numerous luxury sites, it can be said, this Couture Autumn Winter 2022-23 collection has regained its prestige and power this year before Covid-19.19. The large houses of high seams (Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Giambiattista Valli, etc.) have been adorned with their finest collections of famous stars (Emma Watson, Olivier Rousteing, Rita Ora, Jeanne Damas, Chiara Ferragni, Cindy Bruna, etc.). Keira Knightley and Marion Cotillard lookées Chanel from head to toe, Tina Kunakey remodeled Paco Rabanne. Audacity and creativity were the big words. But the key word was “Miyené”.


For a long time, high culture was a business of the Dior, the Chanel… of a privileged class. Today, it has become so democratized that a 55-year-old black man from a poor country has set up shop in Paris. He has woven a name out of needles. His name is Imane Ayissi. He is a man of color, runs a house of haute couture with his collection: Miyené, to be seen, in Ewondo, a language of Cameroon. He is one of the most illustrious representatives of African haute couture. After the presentation of his collection, he almost broke down in tears: “Now I’m in the big leagues”. Imane Ayissi and fashion have been going hand in hand for several decades. One might imagine that they were created together. He demonstrated this once again with his beautiful collection: “Miyené”.

“Miyené”, the new aesthetic of fashion
“Miyené” “reflects the importance of appearance in perception”. It is also the result of a collaboration between Imane Ayissi and Boris Nzebo, a young Gabonese living in Douala, Cameroon. The line of the hand (stylist) follows the line of the body, and that speaks of head and hair (hairstyle). Also haute couture and hairstyle are closely linked. This collection symbolizes the meeting of the stylist and the visual artist for the purpose of “(se) faire voir” in all its splendour “by others”. In order to explore the “various typical appearances”, Ayissi called on Boris Nzebo, who wonders “…how to understand that our environment is not as well cared for as our heads…”.

A well-orchestrated parade as a ritual
A dense crowd forms a hedge in a building. To the sound of tams tams, young ladies parade between two hedges of spectators. Breasts curved, haughty, molded. Waist refined to the extreme, hip round. Narrowness, fake or true, skirts or trousers. This year, this man, who trained as a model, agreed to clean up his collection. The comings and goings of all the dresses of bright tones, sometimes flying, immense as crinolines, sometimes thin. Here, everything is a matter of style, refined bodies.

Imane Ayissi, the “Phoenix” of elegance
Imane Ayissi is a fashion pro. He is the image of her creations: sober. After this Fashion Week, we can say it, Imane Ayissi has just weaved a respectability by needle. His talent and self-sacrifice command respect. Also, Adama Paris, an exceptional French-Senegalese designer and friend, did not fail to take him in her arms and say aloud what we all whisper: “We are proud of him. it’s a phoenix and it represents a whole continent. We have to be there. He doesn’t forget people. We’re behind you.”

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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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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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