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The Impact of African Feminisms and Performance in Conflict Zones: Werewere Liking in Côte-d'Ivoire and Mali

Cheryl Toman
Feminist Studies
Vol. 41, No. 1 (2015), pp. 72-87
Published by: Feminist Studies, Inc.
DOI: 10.15767/feministstudies.41.1.72
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.15767/feministstudies.41.1.72
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The Impact of African Feminisms and Performance in Conflict Zones: Werewere Liking in Côte-d'Ivoire and Mali
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Abstract One of the most recognized playwrights and stage directors on the African continent today, Werewere Liking is the Cameroonian founder of the Village et Fondation Panafricaine Ki-yi Mbock in Abidjan. A 2000 Prince Claus Award laureate for her contributions to culture and development, Liking has also produced impressive works of literature and art. From the beginning of her career in the late 1970s, Liking has always promoted and expanded her project of elite theater for development, with her productions of the last decade bringing to the masses theater and performance as a form of resistance to the surrounding conflict and chaos in the West African nations of Cote-d'Ivoire and, most recently, Mali. The ability of Liking and the Village to carry out their projects to fruition both in times of relative prosperity as well as in periods of conflict is a testament to Liking's successful matriarchal style of African feminist leadership and shared governance made possible by the espousing of traditional African values necessary for tackling problems of a contemporary world.

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