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Are African kings still relevant? And homage to Ousmane Sembène for his first film "La Noire de"

Are African kings still relevant? And homage to Ousmane Sembène for his first film "La Noire de"

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Pre-colonial Africa consisted of several kingdoms. Today we have three constitutional monarchies: Morocco, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The question is, are they still relevant ?

In some countries, these traditional rulers play a crucial role on the political scene. They serve as intermediaries between the government and the people

That is why during elections some politicians solicit their endorsement to canvass votes form the people.

And when projects are launched in a region, in most cases this is done with the approval of the king or traditional leader because the project is being carried out on his land”.

And if these kings are influential it is also because they have mystical power. For example, one of the main attributions of King Makoko (whose kingdom extends over part of Congo, Gabon and the DRC) is to keep the Nkwembali, the Totem and the divine spirit of the Kingdom.

Most kings on the continent are not super rich. But some of them are very rich. Otumfuo Osei Tutu of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana is considered one of the 5 richest kings in Africa by Forbes magazine.

These are African kings who play vital roles on the socio-political level of their countries.

“Le Noire de” …: first African film directed by an African

Movie director, Ousmane Sembène, nicknamed the father of African cinema told the African stories through his camera. Not until the end of colonization in the French colonies, Africans were not allowed to shoot films.

His first feature film was made in 1966 and this is the first movie shot in Africa by an African filmmaker.

The film is called “Le Noire de” … and tells the story of a young Senegalese who got a job with a French family. But her expectation were far from met, she was confronted with racism and contempt. So the film dates back to 1966 but the themes are still relevant in 2017. This is the case of some Africans who think that Europe is the promised land.

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