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Title:Werewere Liking at the Villa Ki-Yi
Author:Hawkins, Peter
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Women's Issues
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About person:Werewere Liking (1950-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722779
Abstract:Werewere Liking is one of the leading figures of a new generation of women writers in Francophone Africa, and probably one of the most experimental and 'avant-garde' among them. At the same time she is a passionate defender of the value of the heritage of African traditions in modern literary output, and a champion of Panafricanism in her work in the visual and performing arts. Born in Cameroon in 1950, she has lived and worked at Abidjan in Ivory Coast for the best part of the last ten years. There she has created a self-financing community of artists - writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, dancers - called the Groupe Ki-Yi, after the name of the villa in Abidjan where they live and work. During a trip to Abidjan in 1989, the author visited the Villa Ki-Yi to interview Werewere Liking and to see one of her shows. In this article he tells about his visit, including the transcript of the interview and a bibliography of writings by Werewere Liking.