The word utopia is not commonly heard in Africa. It is not the subject of any particular focus in our school syllabuses. In African secondary education, philosophy is taught, but without any systematic consideration of utopianideals. The concept of utopia is generally absent from African discourse and plans. Is it even useful to African societies? The world of the imagination is indispensable to societies.
Africa has been (wholly or partially) the focus of a number of cultural events over the last six months. The first of these was the Leiris & Co exhibition, which took place at the Centre Pompidou in Metz from 3 March to 14 September 2015. This exhibition had first been turned down by the big institutions (Louvre, Beaubourg, Quai Branly) for reasons which remain obscure: “Too melancholic”.
Le Frère disparu, by Bernard Kieffer, La Découverte, Paris,2015. L’Afrique dans la mondialisation, by Jacqueline Nkoyok, L’Harmattan, 2015. Le pardon est-il durable ? Une enquête au Rwa nda, Benoît Guillou, Editions François Bourin, 2014.
Les grands, by Sylvain Prudhomme, L’Arbalète, Paris, 2015. Souveraine magnifique, by Eugène Ébodé, Gallimard, “Continents Noirs”, 2014. What purpose do economists serve if they all say the same thing? Manifesto for a pluralist economy, Editions Les liens qui libèrent, Paris, 2015. Political hybridity and resistance in the countries of the South, edited by Nancy Thede, Karthala, Paris, 2015. Africa Unite! Une histoire du panafricanisme, by Amzat Boukari-Yabara, La Découverte, Paris, 2014.