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Guinea was the first French-speaking country to obtain its independence in 1958… and it is quite naturally with this country that the cycle of shows “Indépendances Cha Cha” begins, as part of the Africolor festival. Health crisis requires, the show “Sékou Touré, the president who said no” takes place this Tuesday, November 17 at 9 pm live (and free) on the site and social networks of Africolor.com.
In 1958, Guinea answered “no” to the referendum on the Franco-African community. Sékou Touré refuses what he considers a form of ” blackmail ”, According to Vladimir Cagnolari, author and director of the show of Africolor.
« There was this De Gaulle game which said if a country answered no or yes to independence, France drew all the consequences. Moreover, we have seen it. We, Guinea, upset de Gaulle so much that he practiced the total rupture of bridges with Guinea, which was not at all the intention of Sékou Touré when he said no. »
« We prefer poverty in freedom to wealth in slavery. » [Sékou Touré]
Sékou Touré forges an image of Pan-Africanist, but lapses into paranoia, until the massacres of opponents at the sinister Boiro camp in Conakry. Here’s how actor Emil Abossolo approaches the character:
« My main concern is a total lack of judgment. I want to try to bring the character to light and try to understand, without judging him, but to understand as much as possible all the facets and all the complexity. »
Sékou Touré, the president who said no, an accessible history lesson at human height.