Traoré: Lettre au Président des Français à propos de la Côte d’Ivoire et de l’Afrique en général (2005)

Written in epistolary form in the first person and addressed to Jacques Chirac, this text by imminent anti-globalization activist, Aminata Traoré draws us into a one-on-one argument about the nature of France’s relationship to Africa. Not only does the author invoke a powerful man, the president of France, in the concluding passages of this book, she also calls on a ritual figure of a group of divine ancestors from the Dogon region in Mali to act in support of her requests. Using the trope of the active object or the object-subject, she creates a counternarrative to Western economic worldviews and exclusionary immigration politics.

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