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Senegal pays national tribute to director Sembene Ousmane in June

Posted by African Press International on May 8, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no source.apa

Senegal will pay its first national tribute to Sembene Ousmane on 8-9 June which coincides with the first anniversary of the directors death.

Thus, an international conference will be organized at the Sheik Anta Diop University of Dakar, a close friend of Sembene and member of the steering committee, Magueye Kasse, told APA Tuesday.

This conference will bring together academics, art critics and other personalities of the world of art, Pr Kasse said while acknowledging that more is in stock to honour the great writer and film director.

“It is a unanimous will of Senegal and Africa to pay a deserved homage to Sembene,” he added, revealing the Senegalese authorities set up a steering committee for the occasion since months ago.

The Senegalese director was one of the founding-members of Fespaco, a cinematographic meet in Ouagadougou which has become a reference in the African and world 7th art.

He was also a renowned writer whose literary works such as “Gods bits of wood” (Les Bouts de bois de Dieu) or “The Money order” (Le Mandat) are classics still studied in high schools and colleges of the continent.

Sembene died in Dakar at 84, following a long illness.

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