Shining on the world stage

Game changers – Felwine Sarr, Touria El Glaoui, Acha Leke… Idea shaker-uppers

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Game Changers

By Christophe Le Bec, Nicolas Michel and Pauline Le Troquier

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Posted on December 23, 2021 14:49


Publishing, contemporary art, education… From Senegal to Cameroon via Morocco, portraits of the Africans helping the continent’s artistic and intellectual achievements shine on the world stage.

This is part 4 of an 8-part series

Publishing in bright lights

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The spotlight was on the author, but not the publisher. Jimsaan has become the first foreign publisher to have published a Goncourt-winning novel: the one awarded on November 3 to Mohamed Mbougar Sarr for La Plus Secrète Mémoire des hommes, a work published between two continents by French publishing house Philippe Rey and the Senegalese publisher Jimsaan.

It was in 2013 that intellectuals Boubacar Boris Diop, Nafissatou Dia and Felwine Sarr founded Jimsaan. A “small” independent publishing house that is “very demanding on the text”. “We don’t publish much. Some people even reproach us for it,” says Felwine Sarr. To launch their business, they chose Saint-Louis, in Senegal, before moving to Dakar. As if more than mere coincidence, Saint-Louis was also where Mbougar began his adventures, with studies at the prestigious

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