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 Victor Bouadjio

 

Victor Bouadjio is a French writer, originally from Cameroon. He was awarded the prestigious literary prize in Black Africa, le Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique noire, in 1990 for his first novel “Demain est encore loin” (“Tomorrow is still a longway away”).  From African grammar schools to the universities of Paris XI (where he got a Doctorate in micro-electronics), and from the USA (Oklahoma and Wyoming) through to Sciences Po political sciences), he worked in private companies after completing his education. He later taught in higher education before creating the publishing house “Ecrire Aujourd’hui” of which he is the director.

  

In 1996 he set up the Ebena Institute which works for African values and aims to erase, in all individuals, the consequences of all forms of enslavement of man by man or of the dominations that might have been suffered, directly or by genealogical transmission, such as:

- the sequels impressed on a person by centuries of slavery

- the difficult family conditions which prevent someone to develop his or her talents.

 

In 2004, Victor Bouadjio created, within the framework of Ebena, the “Salon du Livre Africain d'Angers” (Angers African Book Fair) and a publishing company centered on African themes.

Ebena also becomes a centre of writing and publishing consecrated to the way of thinking and the immaterial values of Africa.

 

Publications:

Novels

Demain est encore loin, éditions Balland (Paris, 1989) : Chronicles of an African village (West Cameroon). The inhabitants of Touni make up a community of ten thousand uncouth and stubborn peasants, “very difficult” according to colonial archives and deeply attached to their tribal self-sufficiencies.

Le m’ba, éditions de l’Hèbe (Switzerland, 1998): A Jesuit from Quebec, Laberge is carrying out a 30-year mission at the heart of Africa without looking back. In this vast continent with its many and baffling customs and traditions, he has come across all sorts of men. But chance has put on his way a desperate adolescent in a burning country. With the ardent faith that he has in man, whatever the race or belief, this encounter will set him on a new mission: to make this child become a high-level executive in an extremely poor country.

Les lucioles noires, éditions L. Wilquin (Belgium, 2011): In Quebec, a Jesuit performs a very strange exorcism.  In Africa, a 20-year old boy dies from loving his country too much.

In France, a young girl, barely out of childhood, coming from Africa to study medicine, discovers at the same the secret of her birth, the misfortune of her people and the power of words...

Essay

Slavery, 150 years after, The black continent has a past; whose weight still crushes the present.

A past of slavery and colonialization which still has its influence on the problems that affect the daily life of its people. Points of view differ as to the solutions, some preferring aid as a miracle remedy; others fundamentally prefer education and even an evolution of mentalities. This work is an attempt at writing the history of the African problem. It identifies the distant origins of the prejudices and racism which pursue the Africans and above all, it designates one the causes of the black under-development: the absence of communication which isolates its hundreds of millions inhabitants.

 

 


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