Guinean writer Tierno Monénembo was honored Thursday June 22, 2017 by the French Academy with award the prestigious “Grand Prix de la francophonie.”
The Grand Prize awarded Thursday June 22 recognizes the whole works of the Guinean author. The novelist is notably the author of the Black Terrorist. His tenth novel, published in 2012, tells the story of the life of AddiBâ, a Peul of Guinea, a hero of the French resistance, a member of the first Maquis of the Vosges and shot by the Nazis in 1943.
Tierno Monénembo is also known for denouncing the silence of the international community after the massacre of more than 150 civilians by the army in September 2009 in Conakry. “Guinea is dying, the world has the right to know, the world has the duty to be indignant. The Guineans deserve the compassion of other nations,” he wrote in an article published by Le Monde.
Author of a dozen books, Tierno Monénembo, 69 years and great voice of African literature, has a unique style alternating gravity and lightness. The prize comes with the sum of 30,000 euros.
Haitian poet Anthony Phelps also rewarded
In total, the French Academy has established a list of 63 distinctions. Among the personalities also honored are the comedian Philippe Caubère, theater prize and the singer Gérard Manset, rewarded by the Grand Medaille de la chanson française. The 82-year-old writer Charles Juliet received the Grand Prize for Literature for his entire work while Franco-Lebanese cardiologist François Boustani received the Grande médaille de la francophonie. Filmmaker Stéphane Brizé, director of La loi du marché, was rewardedwith the Prix du Cinéma René Clair.
Nathacha Appanah, a noted author of the novel Tropic of Violence on the Tragedy of the Kwassa-kwassa between Comoros and Mayotte, received the Anna de Noailles Prize.
On the poetry side, the grand prize was awarded to the Haitian poet Anthony Phelps for his entire work.
Source: Jeune Afrique