Senegal: In Memory of Ousmane Sembene

Togolese writer Kangi Alem has a short tribute [Fr] to famed Senegalese filmmaker and novelist Ousmane Sembene who passed away this weekend in Dakar. “I used to read the greats of African literature in my literature textbook in the 1980s, and I imagined all these authors were dead. What it shock it was to see the man with the pipe [Sembene Ousmane] in a classroom in Lytoko. It's all come full circle. Life later made me a writer, and I think of Sembene each time that I come across students who tell me, “we didn't know that we could meet you Mr. Alem.” May the smoke of his pipe precede him to the paradise of believers!”

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  • BRE

    Great find Jen (Kangi Alem’s writeup on Ousmane Sembene). Shay over at Booker Rising (Chicago-based blogger) has a post about this filmmaker with links to an article published to the Black Britain online news site. I (ashamedly) have never heard of him but now that he has died perhaps some bright media producer/distributor will make his work available to a world audience. What a shame that this man has to die in order for his work to become known to a worldwide audience.

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