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Prolific Ivorian Author Bernard Dadié Has Passed Away at 103

An iconic figure in Côte d'Ivoire, Bernard Dadié's prose was considered to inspire the Negritude literary movement.

Bernard Dadié, Côte d'Ivoire's own iconic author and former Minister of Culture, has passed away at the age of 103, Brittle Paper reports.

He passed earlier this month on March 9.


The author and culture shifter penned poems, plays and novels that made an effort to link the current world that was impacted by colonialism with the lessons learned in traditional African folktales. His work was also a point of inspiration for the Negritude movement—a Parisian literary era spanning from the 1930s and 1940s where black writers came together to assert their respective cultural identities through the French language. Dadié's poem Je Vous Remercie Mon Dieu (I Give You Thanks My God) is considered to be the movement's most exemplary anthems, Brittle Paper adds.


Born in 1916, Dadié was educated at top institutions both in his home country and in Senegal. After joining Côte d'Ivoire's independence movement in 1947, he co-founded the Cercle Culturel et Folklorique de la Côte d'Ivoire (CCFCI) with Germain Coffi Gadeau and F. J. Amon d'Aby in 1953. Dadié was then jailed for 16 months by the French colonial powers before independence was reached in 1960. He served as the country's minister of culture from 1977 to 1986.

When Dadié reached his centennial in 2016, he was awarded the $50,000 Jamie Torres Bodet Award, sponsored by UNESCO, for his "contribution to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in social sciences and humanities." That same year, he also won the Grand Prix literary prize.

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The African streetwear brand says through the jersey's kid sizes, it now has the opportunity to cater to the next generation of viewers of the upcoming live-action remake that's to open in theaters this week. "The Lion King marked many of our childhoods," the brand says in a statement. "Much before we were aware of our identities, it resonated with us."

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Oyelowo and Storm Reid shine in the new trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller.

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Both actors give heavy performances, as the film sees Oyelowo taking on the role of a police officer, Jack Radcliff, who has a chance to change the chain of events that led to the murder of his niece Ashley (Storm Reid), and hopefully save her.

The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, with the producers of Get Out. Oyelowo himself is also a producer on the film.

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Don't Let Go also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, and April Grace. The film, which originally premiered at Sundance under the title Relive, is due out in theaters on August 30.

Back in March, it was announced that Oyelowo is also working on his very own directorial debut The Water Man, which will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Watch the trailer for Don't Let Go below.

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