The 40-minute documentary portrays Aimée Gnali Mambou, a woman of culture, a committed activist whose career is also linked to the history of Congo before and after independence. Without detours and technical jargon, she talks about her life, her career and gives her assessment of the socio-political life of the time.
According to Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne, the director, the interviews with Aimée Gnali Mambou were always enriching because they were infused with new knowledge and valuable lessons. So she wanted to share these unique moments with the public by conducting this conversation that explores almost all areas of the life of one of the icons of Congolese culture: childhood, adolescence, her commitment, politics, education, music… , so many topics that were examined during this interview.
At the end of the screening, an exchange took place on the one hand with the audience and on the other hand between Sylvie Mavoungou Bayonne and Aimée Gnali Mambou. An exchange that shed light on what this atypical woman really is who refused to join the government of the time and become the first female minister in Congo. In 40 minutes, the task of identifying all facets of this woman’s life that other compatriots might explore in the future is almost impossible, the director suggested.
Aimée Gnali Mambou, Congo’s first female graduate in the 1950s, received a scholarship that enabled her to enroll at the Sorbonne to study literature. At the time she was active in the Federation of Black African Students in France, where she met Lazare Matsocota, a brilliant intellectual who would later become her role model for political engagement. A teacher at the Lycée Victor-Augagneur and at the University of Brazzaville, she continued her professional career at Unesco in Paris, the UN institution which she only left when she retired the day after the 1997 events and finally She was appointed Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, a position she held until her resignation from government in 2002. Together with Prof. Delphin Louembé and Servet Biyoko she is co-founder of the Higher Institute of Technology Littoral in Pointe-Noire.
Aimée Gnali Mambou is the author of the booksBeto na beto the weight of the trunk”published by Gallimard and ” woman gold“, which is a revival of the Vili tradition with the Tchikumbi.
The Soul Power Congo Festival continues on November 18 with a concert of traditional music from the north and south of the country, before a concert of music from the African diaspora of Pointe-Noire on November 19 at Canal Olympia Mpita. The presentation of the workHistory and use of the name Congo” by Joseph Zidi and the ngomvi workshops also take place alongside the shows.