Our Ivorian literature
Abidjan Lit is back ! So sorry for the long silence. Between editing, jury membership and prizes, we have busy, busy and busy again. But we are back and this month, we will talk about the women of our literature. Ivorian literature, African literature, literature of the Black world; literature of the world.
Without further ado, we will begin our serie with the women of our Ivorian literature, and by the one we like to call, The Great Chancellor.
Henriette Dagri Diabaté
Politician, Great Chancellor but it is her work as a historian that holds our attention, and more so, her wonderful contribution to the memory of this country that we love so much. In 1975, she wrote « La marche des femmes sur Grand-Bassam » (The Women’s March on Grand Bassam), in which she narrated the breathtaking march that these women, nicknamed the Amazons of the RDA, led to liberate the men of the PDCI who had been thrown in jail by the colonial administration. Despite introducing themselves as wives and mothers, the work of Henriette Diabaté shows how much the collective narrative reduced their role.
In this month of March where so much is said about us as women (What we should wear – by the way, our people, what is the design of that cloth? We are having debates over what it is, here at Abidjan Lit; How we should behave and so on and so forth), here at the Collectif, we have chosen to speak about the Amazon Henriette Diabaté and of Amazons like Marie Koré, Anne-Marie Raggi, Odette Ekra, Marguerite Williams and so many other women who did more than be « Pagneuses ».
While we are here, it is hard graft to find the book, « La marche des femmes sur Grand-Bassam » hein; we need our history o!!! All of it.