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SENEGAL – Khaby Lame, the ultimate star of Tik Tok



Khaby Lame becomes the most popular personality on the TikTok social network: 142.4 million subscribers. He unleashes the tabloids, excites critics. The world press ignites for the man who calls himself Khaby Lame. The New York Times dedicated a whole column to him. Now he’s the new Boss. Let’s hope it doesn’t go to his head! We’re not gonna complain about it.

Of all the instagrammers, tiktokeurs and youtubeurs on the planet, Khaby Lame is the influencer that has the most followers. On such an ultra-competitive platform, it is the new image of this global star system. To tell you the truth, he doesn’t intend to stop on such a good path, especially with that look of fire and that devastating smile.

Born Khabane Lame in the 2000s, his family, Senegalese immigrants, landed in Chivasso, Turin, Italy. With a residence permit, it does not lead wide. The family lives on. The young Khabane chain the odd jobs. In short, he uses the system to make ends meet: masonry, plumbing, diving,… Between two jobs, he posts short amateur sketches, comic enough overall. The great particularity of his videos, they are silent.

A meteoric rise.

It was not until the coronavirus and the lockdown that the young man rose to prominence: his fame crossed the Atlantic. Something bad is good, it will be said. With the pandemic, activities are at a standstill. Blade is chomdu; he discovers Tik Tok. This is the unexpected vein. He starts posting his silent, hilarious videos; in any case, there is nothing better to do. It’s the spark in the powder keg: it explodes. It’s success. All major brands aspire to only one thing: to enlist him, to enlist him under their banner. In December 2020, he poses for an Italian brand. Two years later, the Hugo Boss brand makes him his face. Pepsi recruits him for a large advertising campaign. He no longer lives in Chivasso, he went up to Milan. Skyrocketing.

In May 2022, he was invited to the Cannes Film Festival as a juror in the section dedicated to tiktokers. He shares the bill with established stars. He has the status of his dream: to look like Will Smith and Eddie Murphy, to become an actor. He takes English and comedy classes.

Khaby Lame: a director of the calibre of Charly Chaplin
Khaby Lame’s silent, caricatural and comical videos unleash the laughter of many Internet users and secretly infuriate them with a poignant emotion. Thanks to the finesse of his observations, the different readings that we can make of his face, he immediately provokes laughter. It is impossible to resist the comic of his sketches, “bouncing back on reflection as he mingles a human quality”. He conquered the world with his humour.

The recipe for success: the pantomimic
Khaby Lame is a keen observer of our hypermodern society which, like a maniac, does not tire of buying more than it needs. He has the flair of a DEA cop; he collects, here and there, fugitive clues, in fact short humorous videos. His sketches are essentially a pantomime; only facial expressions and expressive mimic.

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SENEGAL – RenewPac Summit: Macky Sall pays tribute to Abdoulaye Wade, «father of African liberalism»



President Macky Sall

At the opening of the RenewPac Summit, the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, paid tribute to his predecessor at the head of the country, Abdoulaye Wade, whom he described as the «father of African liberalism». Me Abdoulaye Wade (97), headed Senegal from 2000 to 2012 following the first alternation in Senegal. In 1974, he created the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) which brought him to power after 26 years of opposition.

Macky Sall, leader of the Alliance for the Republic (Apr), was himself, for ten years, a senior official of this party and a leading figure in the regime of Abdoulaye Wade whose Prime Minister he was after having held various ministerial positions. “He inspired us with the values of liberalism at a time when Marxist ideologies were on the rise in Africa. He dared to row against the current. Myself and many of the personalities who participate in this Summit are his heirs,” said the Senegalese President in tribute to his former mentor, under the warm applause of the room.

The message of (Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, President of the African Liberal Network)
This summit demonstrates the need for a strong and lasting partnership between Europe and Africa based on mutual respect, shared values and well-understood common interests.”

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IVORY COAST – Discovery of a manganese deposit “of global importance”



The Australian exploration company Mako Gold Limited announces this Monday, August 21, 2023 the discovery of a deposit of manganese potentially “of global importance” in Ouangolodougou, in the north of Ivory Coast. According to the company, the grade of the intersected ore is similar to that of several mineral producer/developer groups listed on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) where it is also present.

This discovery comes as part of its Korhogo project, which it owns 100% and consists of the Ouangolodougou permit, where the drilling was carried out, and the Korhogo Nord permit. The briefing note also mentions the possibility of making more significant discoveries, “given that only 257 metres of the 500 metres drilled have been analysed to date”.

Given the satisfactory level of manganese found and ‘flush to the surface’, the Korhogo project is likely to become one of Côte d’Ivoire’s next manganese mines, said Peter Ledwidge, the company’s managing director.

With this discovery, Mako Gold plans to “enter the race for critical minerals for batteries”. Besides manganese, the company plans, a diamond research program once the manganese ore exploration work is completed.

Côte d’Ivoire currently has four manganese mines in operation, in Bondoukou (east), Guitry (southwest), Kaniasso and Lagnonkaha, in the north of the country. Production rose from just over 207,000 tonnes in 2016 to over 929,000 tonnes in 2022 (up 349%), after reaching 1.18 million tonnes in 2019.

Note that manganese is considered the fourth most used metal in the world after iron, aluminum and copper. It is used in the manufacture of steel for the construction sector (beams, body plates, oil pipes, etc.) and the automotive sector. It is also found in electric vehicle batteries but also in the manufacture of batteries, electronic circuits and even in the food industry.

Source: Sikafinance/ By Jean-Marc Gogbeu

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FRANCE – Me Branco décrit l’enfer de Rebeuss : « j’ai dormi aux côtés de personnes torturées et entassées par centaines »



Juan Branco a été interpellé sur son bref séjour carcéral à la prison de Rebeuss. L’avocat de Ousmane Sonko a décrit l’enfer dans lequel vivent les centaines de détenus avec qui il a passé la nuit de dimanche à lundi 07 aout 2023.« À Rebeuss, j’ai dormi au milieu de personnes torturées qui portaient les traces de blessures par balle. Elles étaient entassées par centaines incapables de se déplacer et obligées de faire leurs besoins sur place. Ils ont commis l’erreur de me faire voir ça », a-t-il déclaré en conférence de presse ce mardi.

« Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale, nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter sa grève de la faim ». L’avocat français de Ousmane Sonko, en conférence de presse ce mardi 08 aout 2023 à Paris a révélé de quelle pathologie souffrait son client admis aux urgences de l’hôpital Principal de Dakar depuis dimanche. « Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale due à une hypoglycémie causée par sa grève de la faim. Mais son état est stable. Nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter cette grève de la faim et nous espérons qu’il nous entendra. Parce que ce qu’il représente est trop important pour des milliers de personnes qui le suivent. Nous avons eu l’occasion de nous en rendre compte à la prison de Rebeuss », a indiqué Me Juan Branco qui est rentré ce mardi en France après avoir été arrêté et emprisonné pendant moins de 24 heures au Sénégal.

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