El Hadji Mansour Ciss Kanakassy aka Mansour Ciss

Country: Benin

Style: Laboratory Déberlinisation,


Fun Fact: In collaboration with Canadian artist Baruch Gottlieb , he created in 2001 the laboratory Déberlinisation, a concept at the root of the African work, an imaginary currency designed as a symbol of Pan-Africanism

Quote:Déberlinisation the laboratory, established in 2001, is as its name suggests a melting pot of thoughts about the past and present history of Africa, and should lead to endogenous development prospects of Africa.

All the arts of Africa and all thoughts carriers and character of our restitution   collective memory and identity have their place. The first element is broken in the installation at Dak’Art 2008.  

It is for us a hand, once restored, to guard jealously safeguarding the African cultural identity, and secondly, to master modern science and technology, in order to decide on technology choice offered by modernity and would be tailored to different socio-economic contexts   current of Africa.

Works: Déberlinisation



3.Hommage au Panafricanisme



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Summertime by Angelique Kidjo (Cover)

So much bad news this week so here’s one of my favorite songs to soothe one’s spirits. NOT A VIDEO.

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"Well, I stand up next to a mountain
Chop it down with the edge of my hand.”

Angélique Kidjo covering Jimi Hendrix’ Voodoo Chile live on Australian TV (1999)


Julien Sinzogan

Country: Benin

Style: Realist expressionism

Medium:Coloured Inks on Paper

Fun Fact:he studied art in France and ran a computer graphics shop for a while before beginning to paint professionally.

Quote: This is a work of the imagination, depicting something that is still to happen. Rather than being, like Schubert’s famous Symphony, an unfinished piece, it is, however, a work that is yet to be brought to completion. To do this requires the spectators’ active participation in a communal act of imagination that would realise an opened Gate of Return. This realisation would close the cycles of exploitation and violence done - man exploiting man - recognise the truth of our common humanity, and enable us to move forward together into a future which would ensure that such atrocities could never, ever happen again


1. Yoruba Kings


3.'Les Voiles du Retour

4. Gates of Return II,

5.L‘Armada du Retour

6. Departure and Return of Spirits

7. Return of the Spirits,

http://benedante.blogspot.com/2012/10/julien-sinzogan.html for more

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Angélique Kidjo, “Afia.” Õÿö. 2010.

Gombe will pay for our Port Harcourt defeat – Salomon

Bayelsa United captain Salomon Junior has said that his club will avenge the defeat they suffered in the hands of Sharks of Port Harcourt on visiting Gombe United.

The club was beaten 2-0 at the Sharks stadium in Port Harcourt on Wednesday in their week 21 encounter but Salomon believes that the loss will spur them to a victory over Gombe on Sunday in the week 22 matchup between both sides in Benin.

“I am not happy because it is a match we had hoped to win or at least pick a draw given Sharks’ form but we lost and it is not a good thing for us,” he told lmc-ng.org.

The Beninoise international, who has been a regular for the team since the start of last season, believes that the team will get over their sloppy play before Sunday’s encounter.

“Some of these things happen in football,” he said, adding, “We have to forget that quickly and go back home to the drawing board and bring back a good performance in our next home game against Gombe United.”

Bayelsa United have suffered a slump in form in recent match days having won just one of their last seven league games, a run which has seen them drop to 16th on the league standings. Salomon is however hopeful that they will start a renewed form with a win in Benin City on Sunday.

“I agree we can do better and with the technical crew, we are trying our best. We pray that by God’s grace, we will win on Sunday and start a good run,” he added.

The defeat in Port Harcourt was United’s first in the league under new Technical adviser Solomon Ogbeide. Goals scored in each half by Abraham Okereke and Salawu Ibrahim condemned Bayelsa United to their 10th loss in the current campaign and leaves them hovering above the drop zone.

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