Bernard Dadié

Ivorian novelist, playwright, and poet Bernard Dadié has passed on.

Cote D’Ivoire novelist, playwright, and poet Bernard Dadié passed away on March 9, 2019.

Bernard Dadié was a prolific writer whose work was in several literary genres including poetry, prose fiction, chronicles, traditional tales, and theatre. He received several awards in recognition of his literary career, with one of the last being the “Grand Prix des Mécènes” of the Grand Prix of Literary Associations in 2016.

Some of his work was Afrique debout (1950), Légendes Africaines (1954), Le Pagne Noir (1955), La Ronde Des Jours (1956), Climbié (1956), Papassidi Maître-escroc (1975), Mhoi Cheul (1979), Opinions D’un Nègre (1979), Les Belles Histoires De Kacou Ananzè Commandant Taureault Et Sses Nègres (1980), Les Jambes Du Fils De Dieu (1980), and Carnets De Prison (1981). You can read more about Bernard Dadie here.

The celebrated author, who at one point was the Minister of Culture in Cote D’Ivoire, was 103 years old when he joined the literary ancestors.

His passing left many leaving tributes for the fallen including Alain Mabanckou, Cote D’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, and a host of others.

 


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2 responses to “Ivorian novelist, playwright, and poet Bernard Dadié has passed on.”

  1. […] Nigerian writer and academic Pius Adesanmi, Cote D’Ivoire novelist, playwright, and poet Bernard Dadié, Libyan novelist Ahmed Fagih, Nigerian poet and novelist Gabriel Okara, Kenyan writer and activist […]

  2. […] Salon international du livre d’Abidjan (International Book Fair of Abidjan) has been organised annually by the Association of Publishers of Ivory Coast for over a decade. In 2014, the fair introduced the award they called the “Grand Prix National” before they opted to name it the Grand Prix National Bernard Dadié de Littérature. Bernard Dadié was an Ivorian novelist, playwright, poet, and administrator who was once Minister of Culture in the government of Côte d’Ivoire; he passed away in 2019. […]

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