Interview MARCUS BONI TEIGA : « The genius invention that would change the lives of Africans is a United Africa »

Born in 1966 in Tanguiéta, in the northwest of Benin Republic, Marcus Boni TEIGA is one of the co-founders of the Pan-African news magazine online Courrier des Afriques and its president. Journalist since 1987, after starting as a freelance, he worked for ten years (1989-1999) for La Gazette du Golfe in Cotonou, Benin Republic, where he was respectively Editor, Head of investigations, Grand Reporter, and Director of publication. In 1994 he was the african winner of the Reuters Foundation Scholarships and spent an academic year at the University of Bordeaux 3 in France as Reuters Fellow. Former Communication Officer at the National Assembly of Benin, and at the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism of Benin Republic, he is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Courrier des Afriques. Marcus Boni TEIGA is a Specialist of Antique Nubia, author of several books on ancient Nubia and in particular « Nubia and the origins of African peoples I », « Nubia and the African origins of peoples, languages and religions of the world II », and « Nubia and the origins of the unique mother tongue III », published by Editions Dagan in Paris, France ; and co-author of « Journalism 2.0 new journalistic forms, new skills » published by La Documentation Française in Paris, France. He's also a laureate of the Imhotep International Prize that he received during the Panafrican Book Festival of Brussels (Belgium) in october 2014, for all his publications about Nubian Studies.

Marcus Boni Teiga.

Ake Review : Does African literature exist?

If we consider that Africans speak foreign languages, we can say that African literature does not exist yet.

Name one privilege of being a creative person?

The privilege of being a creative person is the opportunity to widen one’s horizon.

Do you engage in any rituals to stimulate creativity?

No, I’m not engaged in any ritual to stimulate creativity.

If there is reoccurring theme in your creative work, what is it and why is it important to you?

A reoccuring theme in my creative work is panafricanism. It is very important for me because, there will be no way for development in Africa if the African countries don’t unite.

Marcus Boni Teiga during his conference at Terra Kulture in Lagos about the Participation of French speaking countriens in the World War One.Marcus Boni Teiga during his conference at Terra Kulture in Lagos about the Participation of French speaking countriens in the World War One.

You’ve been invited to join a handful of other African authors on a special literary performance on the moon. What say you?

I will say, let us share a little part of moon with those who are not with us on the moon.

If Africa was a fruit, which one would it be and why?

If Africa was a fruit, it would be a Watermelon for me. Because Africa is like water. Nothing is possible without water. It’s a great source of inspiration.

From left to right: Director of the Goethe Institute Marc-André Schmachtel (moderator), the High Commissioner of the British Council, the famous historian Edward Nigerian Emeka Keazor, the Consul General of France François Sastourné, the Consul General of Germany Michael Derus, Benin writer Marcus Boni Teiga, Dr. Jörg Theis and the French writer Pierre Cheruuau (moderator) during the debate about the World War One at Terra Kulture in Lagos.From left to right: Director of the Goethe Institute Marc-André Schmachtel (moderator), the High Commissioner of the British Council, the famous historian Edward Nigerian Emeka Keazor, the Consul General of France François Sastourné, the Consul General of Germany Michael Derus, Benin writer Marcus Boni Teiga, Dr. Jörg Theis and the French writer Pierre Cheruuau (moderator) during the debate about the World War One at Terra Kulture in Lagos.

Name two books you think every African should read and why ?

« Les fondements culturels, techniques et industriels d’un futur État fédéral d’Afrique noire », 1960 ; reissued by Présence africaine under the title : « Les fondements économiques et culturels d’un État fédéral d’Afrique Noire », 2000 (ISBN 2708705350) and « Nations nègres et culture : de l’Antiquité nègre égyptienne aux problèmes culturels de l’Afrique noire d’aujourd’hui », 1954 (ISBN 2708706888). Both are from Cheikh Anta Diop.

What invention do you think would change the lives of Africans?

The genius invention that would change the lives of Africans is a United Africa.

The writer Marcus Boni Teiga in the company of another resolutely panafricanist companion, the Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Mukoma (son of the famous Kenyan novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong'o), during the panel discussion of "The crime fiction through continents "during Aké Arts Festival and Book Festival in Abeokuta (Credit: TOJ Photograpy).The writer Marcus Boni Teiga in the company of another resolutely panafricanist companion, the Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Mukoma (son of the famous Kenyan novelist Ngugi Wa Thiong’o), during the panel discussion of « The crime fiction through continents « during Aké Arts Festival and Book Festival in Abeokuta (Credit: TOJ Photograpy).

So, you’re not reading or writing, what are you doing?

I’m singing Africa abroad.

What’s your Africa?

My Africa is that country-continent where Africans could travel wherever in Africa without visa, where there would be one President for the United States of Africa, one government and Swahili as the main official language of our continent.

 

Source : Ake Review

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