Bernard Dadié

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.