Ecrans Noirs Festival: The Burkinabè film “the taxi, the cinema and me” by Salam Zampaligré wins the Ecran for best documentary

Ouagadougou, -The film “the taxi, the cinema and me” by Burkinabè director Salam Zampaligré won the Screen for best documentary at the 27th edition of the Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2023 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Black Screens.

“It is a feeling of joy and pride to have brilliantly represented Burkina Faso at this great festival. This award is an invitation for me to redouble my efforts. I will continue in this direction because cinema is a powerful tool for communication and education,” said Burkinabè director Salam Zampaligré contacted by telephone by the AIB.

Salam Zampaligré spoke from Yaoundé in Cameroon where he took part with his film in the 27th edition of the Ecrans Noirs Festival which took place from October 14 to 21, 2023. He won the Ecran for best documentary.

The film “the taxi, the cinema and me” is the story of an iconoclastic character, Drissa Touré who had a very atypical journey in her life. After small jobs in Bobo-Dioulasso (economic capital of Burkina Faso), he became a taxi driver in Ouagadougou and finally a self-taught filmmaker thanks to his meeting with the filmmaker Sembene Ousmane.

As a filmmaker, he was able to establish himself as a recognized director in his country but also internationally. The film tells how and why this filmmaker who made successful films, from 1981 selected in the biggest festivals in the world such as Cannes, Locarno, Milan, Amiens, Rotterdam, Zurich, New York, then fell into the years 2000 without ever being able to get up.

“I will respect this prize by working much harder in future works,” promised Salam Zampaligré.

The film “The Taxi, the Cinema and Me” had its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in the Netherlands. It was then seen at the Luxor African Cinema Festival in Egypt where it won the Grand Prix for Documentary Film. The film then won the Jury Prize at the first edition of the “Rabat Doc Africa” International Film Festival in the Kingdom of Morocco.

“The taxi, the cinema and me” was screened at the Ouagadougou Pan-African Cinema and Television Festival (FESPACO) and at the Khouribga International African Cinema Festival in Morocco.

The 2023 Golden Screen was won by the film “My Father the Devil” by Cameroonian Ellie Foumbi.

The Burkinabè Alimata Salamberé, first president of the FESPACO organizing committee, in 1969 was distinguished with a screen of honor at the opening ceremony of the Ecrans Noirs Festival 2023.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Seychelles to host 2023 IFBB International Grand Prix for first time

The competition, which is being done in collaboration between the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB) and local body Seychelles Elite Pro Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, will take place on Saturday, at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort.

The chairperson of the Seychelles Elite Pro Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, Chantal Pinchon, told SNA that “it was during the IFBB congress last year, that we met with the president, and there the idea of Seychelles hosting an IFBB event came around and was agreed upon.”

The event will start at 6 p.m. and eight participants from Seychelles, six men and two women have already confirmed their participation. These will be Savio Larue, Elicks Rapide, Jean-Luc Belle, Andy Anthony and Derrick Mensah, while Shereen Azemia and Lindsay Payet will compete among the ladies.

Pinchon explained that while this tournament is reserved for amateur bodybuilders, Ziad Meckdachi, who retired as a professional, will not be able to compete.

“There will be seven IFBB pro cards up for grabs, to the winners of each category. Getting an IFBB Pro Card means the bodybuilder becomes part of the elite. At this point you’ve made it, and have the opportunity to follow a genuine career as a professional bodybuilder, earning a decent income by competing and winning,” she said.

There will be six categories for men – bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, classic bodybuilding, junior classic bodybuilding, and junior men’s physique.

The ladies will compete in the bikini fitness, and bikini physique, as well as in the fit model categories.

Pinchon said that one of the advantages of Seychelles hosting the competition is that the participants will not have to deal with the expenses and going abroad.

She said she was hoping to get more local participants.

“I want the athletes to be more serious with the sport, where they have to ensure that they are ready in time for such competitions,” said Pinchon, who revealed that Seychelles will in fact hold a second international competition on June 22, 2024.

Tickets for the competition cost SCR300 ($22) while those wishing to attend the competition and the buffet dinner will have to pay SCR1200 ($90).

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Fez Festival of World Sacred Music : Quest for the spirit of Al Andalus

Fez, the political and intellectual capital of Morocco for several centuries and a center for the exchange of cultures and knowledge, will host the 27th edition of the Festival of World Sacred Music from September 15 to 23.

Created in 1994 and 2001 respectively, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music and its Forum are part of the city’s scientific, artistic and spiritual tradition. Since its inception, the event has enjoyed increasing success. In 2001, the festival was designated by the United Nations as one of the key events contributing to the dialogue of civilizations.

Magnetic, the event brought together internationally renowned artists from all walks of life who shared a common quest for the sacred. To name but a few: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Björk, Ben Harper, Paco de Lucia, Ravi Shankar, Sabah Fakhri, Kadhem Saher, Mounir Bachir, Asmaa Lamnawar, Wadi al Safi, Julia Boutros, Sheikh Yasin al Tuhami, William Christie, Barbara Hendricks, Jessie Norman, Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, Tereza Berganza, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita.

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Twenty-five editions and many surprises, because the Festival is also a breeding ground for undiscovered talents and daring projects, fresh from the imagination of adventurous musicians and poets. In recent years, under the impetus of its artistic director, the Festival has also initiated large-scale multidisciplinary creations presented as opening acts. Some 90 artists have taken the stage in succession.

“The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music is a privileged moment in this spirit of coexistence, dialogue and tolerance,” stresses its president Abderrafia Zouitene.

With Spain in the spotlight, this twenty-seventh edition of the Festival will celebrate the historical and present-day links between Spain and Morocco. A number of artists from both countries will be using their fusions and performances to express this special dimension of openness, harmony and living together for a better future.

Other artists from Uzbekistan, India, the United States, Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland and other countries will be bringing this twenty-seventh edition to life in an exceptional way.

Source: Africa News Agency

World Artistic Dance Federation to help choreographers in Seychelles improve techniques

The World Artistic Dance Federation (WADF) is willing to work with dance coaches and choreographers in Seychelles to help local dancers improve their techniques and skills, a senior officer of the federation shared.

In a recent interview with SNA, the senior vice president of WADF, Irina Smalko, outlined that “when it comes to traditional dance, Seychelles is at the top of course, but for the rest, it’s okay.”

“We will make some suggestions to the organisers. Training will be necessary and important for development for both sides. It is my aim to make this happen, to work with the trainers and choreographers and provide them with everything we know. It will also be good to invite coaches of dancing schools in Seychelles to Russia for some period to undertake special courses. That would be the most correct way to handle that,” said Smalko.

“I hope that next year when there will be more participants from Seychelles, it will be easier to compare and understand the true level,” she continued.

Smalko, who is from Moscow, has been a Caribbean dance competitor within the International Dance Organisation IDO) for many years, and has a great knowledge of artistic dancing.

WADF’s senior vice president was in Seychelles for the All-African Artistic Dance Championships that was held on September 1 and September 2 at the Berjaya Hotel, Beau Vallon.

The first to be held in Africa, the All-African Artistic Dance Championships saw the participation of over 200 dancers from six countries – Seychelles, South Africa, Serbia, North Macedonia, Russia, and Greece. The Philippines, which was also expected to participate in the competition, canceled at the last minute.

During the two days of competition, participants battled for first place in different dance categories such as Afrobeat combats, hip hop, urban, traditional, classical, ballroom, and Latin dance.

The championship was classified into different categories, namely mini-kids from 4 years and above, juveniles from 9 to 12 years, juniors, youths and adults, and masters from 35 years and above.

Smalko shared that “hosting the competition in Seychelles is a very good step and opportunity for the federation. We are very well known in Europe and now we can get better known in Africa.”

WADF, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is a non-profit worldwide dance organisation with over 100 years of experience in dance – which also gives non-professional dancers a platform.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

New Seychelles National Gallery will open with exhibition in November

The new Seychelles National Gallery, located inside the National Library building, will hold its first exhibition in November, said a top official on Wednesday.

The executive director of the Creative Seychelles Agency (CSA), Emmanuel D’Offay, told reporters that the Gallery will function as the most important space for exhibition in Seychelles.

It will cover an area of around 300 square metres, with high ceilings and a structural format that eases modular and flexible display areas.

D’Offay said that aside from being modern, the Gallery will have an open plan reception and sales area, with internet stations providing direct access to work made by leading Seychellois artists.

The first event in November will be a cartography map exhibition done in collaboration with the Blue Economy department. The exhibition will launch the opening of the Gallery, which closed in 2018 when the National Library closed down due to a fungus infestation.

With its imminent re-launch, D’Offay revealed that the National Gallery will be up to international standards as “these days there are components the authorities had to take into account to attract the participation of international artists.”

These include taking into account the lighting and humidity, among others.

“In the last Biennale held in Seychelles, we had to make the best of the situation as we were exhibiting a Swiss artist who was showing ice sculptures,” said D’Offay, who added that the authorities have learned much from the recent experiences.

The CSA is also hoping to attract international artists to hold exhibitions in Seychelles

D’Offay said this is why the Gallery “will function under certain terms of reference, which will include 70 percent of the work on show will that of local Seychellois artists and the remaining 25 percent will be that of international artists.”

The agency is currently discussing partnerships with India and Dubai as well as looking at existing bilateral agreements to ensure this happens.

“Through existing bilateral agreements we will be able to see what we can bring in as it is important to us that there is an exchange allowing Seychellois artists to see works of others from other countries. This will maybe inspire them to and they may also measure their works to their other colleagues from overseas,” said D’Offay.

As a result, the National Gallery will no longer show the works of students and others who are yet to reach the required level. This group of artists will showcase their works at the Domaine De Val De Pres Gallery and other private galleries found around the country.

“Once an artist’s work is shown in the gallery it will be like the person has earned themselves a spot in the Tate Gallery or others in the world that only show the best of the best,” he added.

As part of its new drive, artists meeting the required criteria will have to apply for a spot so that they may then receive available dates as the agency will now plan the National Gallery’s calendar for a whole year.

The application process will also include them sending in samples of their works, and the curator will then decide whether they are worth going to the gallery.

The next artist’s work due to be displayed is that of a seasoned Seychellois artist specialising in contemporary art, Leon Radegonde, in January.

CSA also revealed that some activities and exhibitions will be paying events, but it is still working on the prices.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Franco-Seychellois singer Vanessa Anacoura releases 2 singles

Franco-Seychellois singer Vanessa Anacoura has released two songs on various musical platforms and is looking to make a name for herself in the music industry.

Anacoura, who is singing on a part-time basis, has released two singles “Je ne veut plus de toi” (I don’t want you anymore) and “Si seulement” (If only) and the two songs available on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Amazon.

Born in Paris to Seychellois parents from the Anse Etoile and Anse Aux Pins districts, Anacoura has lived her whole life in France. She told SNA that she started to sing at 9 years old.

“My mum heard me sing and saw that I had talent so she signed me up for my first singing lesson when I was 13. I did my first stage appearance at 14. Before that, I did classic and hip-hop dance and have performed on stage since I was a kid,” she said.

One of the singles of Anacoura – Je ne veut plus de toi. (YouTube) Photo License: CC0

Anacoura said that it is not easy to make it in music in France but has received good feedback so far.

“I do RnB and pop music, where I mostly like to sing about love and I have three favorite singers – Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and Ben l’Oncle Soul. My music doesn’t sound like theirs as I don’t want it to, but I’m definitely inspired by them,” she added.

Anacoura said that she would love to live full-time from her music and her goal is to go to Olympia where the greatest artists have performed as this will be an honour and an accomplishment to sing on such a stage.

Although she lives in Paris, Anacoura keeps up to date with her Seychellois Creole culture.

“I actually speak Creole with a very nice French accent, and with my friends, even if they don’t speak or understand Creole, it happens sometimes that I say some words or sentences. During the family reunion, you can be sure that we will put on some Sega and dance,” she told SNA.

Anacoura said that it is not easy to make it in music in France but has received good feedback so far. (Vanessa Anacoura) Photo License: All Rights Reserved

Anacoura said that although she is in France “I grew up with Sega songs like the ones of Jean-Marc Volcy, and I don’t know how many times I have heard the song ‘La sezon Kreol’ from Joe Samy.”

“I have come to Seychelles over 10 times already. It’s been a while since my last visit, and each time I do, I always feel very good. I enjoy time with my family, the beaches and everything that Seychelles has to offer. I also listen mainly to Sega, which I enjoy dancing to. I also like the more recent music as well, like Elijah or Sandra for example,” said Anacoura.

She also enjoys Creole dishes like lentils with sausages, fried fish, and banana cake.

“Furthermore, I went to UNESCO in Paris last year, to celebrate the inclusion of Moutya in the UNESCO World Heritage list. It was a really good moment. I’m very proud to be Seychellois,” said Anacoura.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Artisan Miner Day: Award-winning actors

Special and official prizes were awarded to several mining artisans for their example in the field, at the end of the second edition of the Artisan Mining Day

The curtains fell on the second edition of Artisan Mining Day (JAM) in Gaoua by Artisan Mining Night on Saturday July 22, 2023 under the theme: “Artisanal mining: what mechanisms for formalizing operators in order to improve the socio-economic benefits of the sector? “.

Indeed, during the closing evening, several mining artisans received special and official prizes for their example in this sector. A total of 16 winners received official prizes and around twenty special prizes.

The first prize for the mining artisan was awarded to Azara Sankara from Houndé (capital of the province of Tuy).

She received her trophy from the Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries Simon-Pierre Boussim.

He congratulated the winners and urged them to continue with good practices.

In addition, the Minister said he was satisfied with the success of this edition of the JAM which resulted in recommendations formulated by the actors of the artisanal mining sector.

These recommendations are, among other things, to promote mechanisms allowing the cohabitation of industrial mines and artisanal miners, to promote semi-mechanized exploitation by popular shareholders, to reinforce the safety of activities on the sites in order to enable site managers to enforce regulatory provisions.

It also involves setting up pooled treatment centers and on-site training, putting into practice safe digging techniques to reduce negative impacts and increase the profitability of production.

The reinforcement in human resources of the structures in charge of local supervision, the accentuation of the formalization of actors in the artisanal field of quarries and the revision of taxes related to the purchase and marketing of gold.

In addition, there is the strengthening of the management capacities of State structures in charge of monitoring, control and supervision, the creation of permanent consultation frameworks between the mining Administration, mining artisans and mining companies, the streamlining of procedures, the transition to the environmental and social impact notice with regard to applications for semi-mechanized permits, the strengthening of the safety of activities on the sites with the collaboration of actors and the involvement of local authorities in the prevention of conflicts, the establishment of a capitalization plan and monitoring evaluation.

“Formalization a necessity”

The conclusions of this JAM will not remain a dead letter, faith of the first official in charge of Mines.

A permanent consultation framework has been set up with all the players to follow the recommendations and discuss non-consensual points.

Mr. Boussim was delighted with the relocation of this edition, which aims to bring the event closer to mining artisans.

“Artisans took part massively in the exchanges, which denotes the interest they have for the sector,” he said.

Furthermore, he encouraged miners to move towards formalization.

“Formalization is not an option but a necessity that comes under the patriotic commitments of mining artisans,” he said.

The Head of the Department in charge of Mines hopes that their patriotic commitment will result in a massive formalization.

The difficult security situation has led the government to temporarily suspend artisanal mining activities throughout the national territory.

When asked, when will the sites be reopened, the Minister pointed out that during the rainy season the texts provide for the closure of mining sites to avoid the risk of landslides.

If all goes well, the mining sites will be reopened in October, announced Simon-Pierre Boussim.

And to thank all the actors for their contributions to the success of this event.

For his part, the sponsor of this edition of the JAM, the Chief of Gaoua canton, Bifate II, thanked the government for having relocated the event to the City of Bafuji.

“Gaoua has hosted such an event for a long time,” he said.

The organization of the JAM is to be welcomed because it brings the mining administration closer to the artisanal gold miners.

He invited the mining actors to favor dialogue, in the event of conflict, before urging the mining operators to formalize themselves.

“You can’t exercise a profession without being in good standing vis-à-vis the administration”, he argued, while inviting them to organize themselves into a cooperative. At the administration, the Canton Chief urged him to always raise awareness among these operators.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Ouaga-Bobo section highway: memorandum of understanding signed

The Government of Burkina Faso and the Chinese company, China civil engineering construction corporation (CCECC) signed last Thursday in Ouagadougou, a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the construction project of the Yamoussoukro- Ouagadougou, we learned from media sources.

The ceremony was chaired by the Burkinabè Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs Olivia Rouamba. These include the construction of the Yamoussoukro-Ouaga highway, Ouaga-Bobo section.

The memorandum will allow the start of construction activities for this 332.53 km long section.

“The studies being completed, this protocol will make it possible to advance the file”, specified the Minister of Infrastructure and Opening Up, Adama Luc Sorgho.

According to him, Burkina Faso will contribute 15% of the budget and the other 85% will be negotiated with the Chinese side.

As for the deputy general manager of the company China civil engineering construction corporation (CCECC), Guillaume Zhang, he assured that the Chinese side will get to work in order to submit a technical and financial offer within a period of two months.

The Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Olivia Rouamba recalled that the signing of this memorandum of understanding stems from that with the International Alliance of Brics signed on June 16.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

4 golden anniversaries celebrated in Seychelles in 2023

This year is full of anniversaries of events and milestones for Seychelles. Many of these milestones and events are now 50 years old and are the footprints of the Seychellois people’s history.

SNA brings you 4 golden anniversaries being celebrated in 2023.

Anglican Diocese of Seychelles

The Diocese celebrated its golden jubilee on March 26 and a series of activities were organised to commemorate the event. The Diocese of Seychelles was set up on March 25 in 1973 and its first bishop was Reverend Canon George Cardell Briggs, consecrated at St. James Cathedral in Mauritius. The Anse Boudin Chapel on the North East Coast of Praslin is also 50 years old this year.

Seychelles’ oldest marine park turns 50

Conservationists will celebrate 50 years since the Ste Anne National Marine Park was created in the Indian Ocean. The marine park which covers an area of 1.501 square metres is a veritable showcase of the island nation’s submarine life, which visitors and locals can enjoy from the comfort of glass-bottom boats.

Created in 1973, the National Park, which is located 5 kilometres from the Seychelles’ capital of Victoria, was set up to protect six islands off the northeast coast of Mahe.

The islands are Ste Anne, Cerf Island, Île Cachée, Round Island, Long Island, and Moyenne Island.

Archbishop Makarios Foundation of Seychelles

The Makarios Trust Fund, today known as the Archbishop Makarios Foundation of Seychelles, was founded in 1973 and gives schoolchildren in need bursaries through the Ministry of Education annually.

Through this collaboration, the ministry selects students from the state primary and secondary schools during the first term of the school year for the committee to assess and select from.

So far over 3,600 students have received bursaries since the fund was created, with an average of over 200 awards annually in recent years.

The charitable organisation was created by Cypriot Orthodox Archbishop Makarios III, following his exile in the island nation in the western Indian Ocean from March 14, 1956, until April 5, 1957.

Seychelles Regatta Festival

The annual Regatta event first took place back in 1973 at Beau Vallon Beach. After a hiatus of 4 years mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be back at the popular Beau Vallon Beach on August 25-27. Many activities will be on the programme including the Miss Regatta Seychelles.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Ocean Fair: Danny Faure Foundation unites Seychelles’ ocean lovers for exhibition

An Ocean Fair, organised by the Danny Faure Foundation showcasing the work that several organisations are doing to preserve the oceans, opened on Thursday.

Governmental and non-governmental organisations, educational institutions, the fisheries industry, and local artisans are among those participating in the exhibition open from June 1-3 at the Camion Hall in the capital of Victoria.

The spokesperson of the Danny Faure Foundation, Larrey Chetty said, “They are all organisations that since the foundation was launched, we have interacted with them.”

The exhibition, which is being held under the theme ‘a sustainable ocean’, is part of the activities being organised to mark World Oceans Day on June 8.

The stalls at the exhibition are displaying informational materials, educational games where visitors can test their knowledge. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

“Everybody can come together so that we can showcase what we are doing to protect and preserve the ocean; and for us to have a sustainable ocean,” said Chetty.

This year the United Nations is celebrating World Oceans Day with the theme Planet Ocean with the aim to join forces with decision-makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities and youth activists to put the ocean first.

Seychelles, with an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million square kilometres, has one of the most biologically diverse marine ecosystems on the planet with seagrass beds accounting for 99 percent of the blue carbon extent.

The stalls at the exhibition are displaying informational materials, educational games where visitors can test their knowledge and the Foundation’s memorabilia, some of which are made by Seychellois artisans – on sale for the first time.

“We are excited to welcome everyone to the Fair as the participants gather to showcase all the amazing work they are doing for the protection, conservation and sustainable development of the ocean,” said Chetty.

He also took the time to caution those visiting the fair, that it was a time to remember “that whatever we do today, the children will suffer the consequences.”

Former Danny President Danny Faure, the founder of DFF (right) with one of the displays at the exhibition. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

The Island Conservation Seychelles (ICS), is one of the non-profit organisations present. Its aim is to sensitise people not only to the extensive work carried out on the several islands under its responsibility but also to talk about some of its challenges.

ICS spokesperson, Sharon Meriton-Jean, told SNA that their presence at the fair aligns with their “role of preserving and monitoring and coming up with projects to continue our preservation work.”

One of the challenges ICS is faced with is the number of fish aggregating devices (FADs) found on the outer islands.

“We want people to know that while we do have our tuna fishing industry, we also have the FADs to deal with as a consequence,” she added.

In addition to the organisations working for the preservation of the oceans, there were also artists like Nigel Henri and James Agricole showcasing their work.

“I took the time to exhibit my work, which is also for sale as this is how I am doing my part in preserving our oceans,” painter Nigel Henri told SNA.

Chetty expressed satisfaction at the number of organisations who have shown interest to take part in the fair.

“Until this morning we were still getting calls from people who wanted to take part,”‘ but added that DFF could not accommodate them due to a shortage of space.

The Danny Faure Foundation was founded by former Seychelles’ President Danny Faure to “contribute towards the sustainable development of Seychelles and to join the global community in its efforts to achieve a more equitable, just, sustainable and healthy planet, for the present generation and the future generations to come”, according to its website.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Nahouri/Municipality of Zecco: Forty-eight hours to promote Nankana culture and crafts

The President of the special delegation of Zecco, Etienne Sanglan chaired the second edition of the activities to promote Nankana crafts, on May 26 and 27, 2023 in the locality located in the province of Nahouri, region of Center-south.

The activity is organized by the Union of craftsmen of the municipality of Zecco, to fight against the progressive loss of cultural values.

Placed under the theme “promotion of handicrafts in rural areas in a context of insecurity”, the 2nd edition of activities to promote Nankana culture and handicrafts is intended to be a platform for mobilizing and raising awareness among local populations, in order to fight against the progressive loss of cultural values.

This second edition was sponsored by Colonel Yacouba Ouédraogo, represented by the former President of the Center-South Regional Council, Toubré Nioka, and the Customs official, Sia Kouliga Rodrigue.

According to the president of the craftsmen’s union of the commune of Zecco, Bimata Karfo, it is a question of organizing popular festivities around the Nankana culture in order to promote the woven loincloth and the traditional Nankana attire.

“This activity, beyond its festive aspect, is a framework for strengthening social cohesion between sons and daughters and resident communities in the Nankana area,” she added.

For Ms. Karfo, it is a channel for the promotion of tourism, a contribution to the enhancement and sustainability of our cultural identity.

She outlined some of the difficulties encountered by craftsmen in the area.

These difficulties are, among others, the flow of traditional clothes and woven loincloths to the capital Ouagadougou, the non-recognition at provincial and national level of certificates issued to learners and the lack of financial means for the installation of learners leading to the migration of these to Ghana.

“Added to this is the lack of a training center for craftsmen in their locality,” she concluded.

The president of the special delegation of Zecco, Etienne Sanglan welcomed the initiative and the great mobilization of the populations.

For him, the enthusiasm of the populations around this activity shows the interest they give to culture in general and crafts in particular.

Mr. Sanglan invited the sons and daughters of the commune to accompany the initiative in order to perpetuate this activity which undoubtedly will contribute to the influence of the culture and the Nankana woven loincloth beyond the borders.

The ceremony was attended by the provincial president of trades Kévis Kaba and a strong delegation of customary chiefs from Ghana led by the chief of Sirugou.

These personalities came to support and encourage the craftsmen of the municipality of Zecco.

Parades, exhibitions, performances by artists and a fundraiser to support the fighting forces were the highlights of the closing ceremony.

The leaders of the union handed over a financial envelope to the President of the special delegation, in order to support the war effort launched by the transitional government.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Music: Father Nabollé sends “Messages” to Burkinabè in a maxi

Father Georges Nabollé signed his 3rd album on Sunday, a maxi entitled “Messages” in which he denounces injustices and calls on Burkinabè people to hope and unite to build the peace.

“Messages” is the third album, a maxi of three titles by Father Georges Nabollé, released in 2023 after the first “Love God and Men” released in 2004, and the second “Trust him” in 2019.

“This maxi is my contribution to say that everyone must pull themselves together and that together we can unite for reconciliation and build our nation and peace,” said Father Nabollé.

He spoke Sunday in Ouagadougou, during the dedication of his third album “Messages”, a maxi of three titles.

Father Nabollé indicated that the first message speaks of injustice which creates revolt, corruption which rots society, terrorism and divisions which create revenge.

As a second message, the Father specified that “As we are in Easter time, it is the Paschal message where the risen Christ is announced. And as Christians, we live this resurrection despite the difficulties”, underlined Father Georges Nabollé.

Finally, he added that the third message is a message of hope and that when we suffer and we have faith, it reflects a process of healing.

This maxi is the work of collaboration between Father Georges Nabollé and the French-speaking choir of the parish of Saint Camille in Ouagadougou.

During the dedication ceremony, the activities of ”Hosanna”, a structure for the production and promotion of Christian music were launched.

Hosanna was born thanks to the wish of the promoter Roland Kobindé, who noticed the lack of structure in the field of the sacred field and the sacred music.

“We don’t have a lot of structures, we have to work to put them in place so that sacred music reaches several targets because we can no longer evangelize except in the Churches”, concluded Roland Kobindé.

Source: Burkina Information Agency