Bernard Binlin Dadié

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Bernard Binlin Dadié (born 10 January 1916) is an Ivorian novelist, playwright, poet, and administrator. Among many other senior positions, starting in 1957, he held the post of Minister of Culture in the government of Côte d'Ivoire from 1977–86.

Biography[edit]

Dadié was born in Assinie, Côte d'Ivoire, and attended the local Catholic school in Grand Bassam and then the Ecole William Ponty. He worked for the French government in Dakar, Senegal. Upon returning to his homeland in 1947, he became part of its movement for independence. Before Côte d'Ivoire's independence in 1960, he was detained for sixteen months for taking part in demonstrations that opposed the French colonial government.[1]

In his writing, influenced by his experiences of colonialism as a child, Dadié attempts to connect the messages of traditional African folktales with the contemporary world. With Germain Coffi Gadeau and F. J. Amon d'Aby, he founded the Cercle Culturel et Folklorique de la Côte d'Ivoire (CCFCI) in 1953.[2]

Dadié was rediscovered with the release of Steven Spielberg's 1997 movie Amistad[3] which features the music by American composer John Williams. The choral text of Dadié's poem, "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" (“Sèche Tes Pleurs“) is used for a song of the same name. Published in 1967, the poem is about coming home to Africa.[4]

Dadié is the brother of politician Hortense Aka-Anghui.[5] He turned 100 in January 2016.[6]

Awards[edit]

Dadié has received several awards in recognition of his literary career, the most recent being the Grand Prix des Mécènes of the GPLA in 2016.[7]

Main works[edit]

  • Afrique debout (1950)
  • Légendes africaines (1954)
  • Le pagne noir (1955)
  • La ronde des jours (1956)
  • Climbié (1956)
  • Un Nègre à Paris (1959)
  • Patron de New York (1964)
  • Hommes de tous les continents (1967)
  • La ville où nul ne meurt (1969)
  • Monsieur Thôgô-Gnini (1970)
  • Les voix dans le vent (1970)
  • Béatrice du Congo (1970)
  • Îles de tempête (1973)
  • Papassidi maître-escroc (1975)
  • Mhoi cheul (1979)
  • Opinions d'un nègre (1979)
  • Les belles histoires de Kacou Ananzè
  • Commandant Taureault et ses nègres (1980)
  • Les jambes du fils de Dieu (1980)
  • Carnets de prison (1981) – details his time in prison
  • Les contes de Koutou-as-Samala (1982)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hans M. Zell, Carol Bundy & Virginia Coulon (eds), A New Reader's Guide to African Literature, Heinemann Educational Books, 1983; p. 373.
  2. ^ Wangar Wa Nyateũ-Waigwa, in Simon Gikandi, ed., Encyclopedia of African Literature. Routledge; 2002; ISBN 978-0-415-23019-3
  3. ^ "Amistad (1997)". 
  4. ^ ""Seche Tes Pleurs" de Bernard Binlin Dadié / "Dry your Tears Afrika" by Bernard B. Dadié". African Heritage. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Cyril K. Daddieh (9 February 2016). Historical Dictionary of Cote d'Ivoire (The Ivory Coast). Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 70–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7389-6. 
  6. ^ Staff (14 February 2016). "Littérature: Bernard Dadié, l'orfèvre des vers, fête ses 100 ans d'existence avec un prix mondial (Portrait)" (in French). abidjan.net. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cameroun, Bernard Dadié: Winner of Grand Prix des Mécènes :: CAMEROON – Camer.be". 21 February 2017. 

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