Macron’s French language crusade bolsters imperialism – Congo novelist


The French president Emmanuel Macron has a formidable opponent. No, I am not writing about coming elections in France. I am talking about the French desire to keep a hold on all those French speaking countries (the Francophonie) in the world.  The Congo – born writer Alain Mabanckou has his own opinions about the role … Continue reading Macron’s French language crusade bolsters imperialism – Congo novelist

Le français, notre bien commun ? Par Alain Mabanckou et Achille Mbembe


Maybe the French president Emmanuel Macron has met his superior in the German chancellor Anega Merkel. What ever the truth maybe, it is clear that he tries to tighten the ties with Francophone countries and parts of countries. This called the Francophonie. Many countries in Africa have ties with France, a former colonial power. It … Continue reading Le français, notre bien commun ? Par Alain Mabanckou et Achille Mbembe

« Le rôle de l’écrivain n’est pas de tourner le dos à la jeunesse africaine »


France still has a special relationship with its former colonies in Africa. The French language still plays an important role. The French military still has a strong presence in its former colonies. And the baguette has a strong following. The writer Alain Mabanckou, born in Congo/Brazzaville, received a request by the French president. Mabanckou thought … Continue reading « Le rôle de l’écrivain n’est pas de tourner le dos à la jeunesse africaine »

Why a celebrated Francophone Africa writer said no


The French president Emmanuel Macron asked the Congolese born writer Alan Mabanckou to participate in a program to support the French language and the French culture in African countries. France still keeps special relationships with its former colonies.  Mabanckou (who lived in France and now works in the United States of America) thought about it. … Continue reading Why a celebrated Francophone Africa writer said no

Alain Mabanckou, l’élégance du mot au geste


The request by president of the France homeland did not make the writer Alain Mabanckou budge. He declined a request by this president. So this put Mabanckou in the spotlight. Who is this man from Congo and this writer, who studied in France and now works in the United States of America?  Read more here. 

Monsieur le Président


Not long ago the French president Emmanuel Macron invited the Congolese writer Alan Mabanckou to participate in a reflection to support the French language and the French culture.  Alan thought about it, took his pen and wrote a letter to the French president. You can read this letter here.