8th session of "Le Cercle Franco-Tanzanien" on literature and jazz

On the 16th and 17th of November 2017, the French Embassy and the Alliance Française of Dar es Salaam, hosted the 8th session of the Cercle Franco-Tanzanien (CFT), this time dedicated to the topic “What does literature say about our societies?”.

Mr. Pierre Astier, French publisher and literary agent and Mr. Walter Bgoya, founder of the Tanzanian publishing company Mkuki na Nyota, exchanged, in front of an attentive audience, views about the challenges and opportunities of literature and publishing in Europe and Tanzania.
Pierre Astier, who came especially from France for the event, founded an international literary agency which represents a large range of authors worldwide and finds new talents.


Dialogue between Mr. Pierre Astier and Mr. Walter Bgoya in the atrium of the Embassy.

Dialogue between Mr. Pierre Astier and Mr. Walter Bgoya, accompanied by Mr. Boncour in the atrium of the Embassy.

Attentive audience during the dialogue between Mr. Pierre Astier and Mr. Walter Bgoya.

Attentive audience during the dialogue between Mr. Pierre Astier and Mr. Walter Bgoya.

Exchange between the audience, Pierre Astier and Walter Bgoya about literature.

Exchange between the audience, Pierre Astier and Walter Bgoya about literature.

H.E. Malika Berak then offered a musical reception in the gardens of the Residence, animated by the band Swahili Jazz who came from Zanzibar for the occasion.

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Swahili Jazz band gives rhythm to the residence’s gardens with their fusion of jazz and traditional Tanzanian music.

Pursuing this event, the Alliance Française organized on the 17th November 2017, in front of a large audience of Tanzanian students, a high level debate on “What does literature say about our societies?”. Pierre Astier, discussed the question with Mkuki Bgoya, publisher, Rose Mbijima, literature University teacher, Gwamaka Kifukwe, from UONGOZI Institute (African Leadership for Sustainable Development), Zuhura Seng’enge, writer and poet. The debate was moderated by Philippe Boncour, Head of cooperation and cultural affairs at the Embassy.


The panelists in front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française.

The panelists in front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française.

The panelists in front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française.

In front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française, right to left: Philippe Boncour, Rose Mbijima, Pierre Astier, Gwamaka Kifukwe, Zuhura Seng’enge, Mkuki Bgoya.

The panelists in front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française.

Audience’s participation in the debate.

The panelists in front of more than 150 students, on the stage of the Alliance Française.

This debate was followed by the presentation of two magnificent poems embodied by Zuhura Seng’enge and the concert by Swahili Jazz band, truly enjoyed by the audience.


H.E. Malika Berak welcoming her guests at the Residence with H.E. Begum Taj, Ambassador of Tanzania to France, by her side.

H.E. Malika Berak welcoming her guests at the Residence.

Zuhura Seng’enge presenting her magnificent poems.

On the occasion of this edition of “le Cercle Franco-Tanzanien”, HE Malika Berak announced her upcoming departure. She expressed her satisfaction about the continuous success of “le Cercle Franco-Tanzanien”, that she had launched in February 2015 and which had since then established itself as a regular event gathering the friends of France in Tanzania.

Dernière modification : 27/11/2017

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