The Tribulations of a Sahelian Traveler

The Tribulations of a Sahelian Traveler

by Michel Tinguiri


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ISBN-13: 9780615981697
Publisher: Sahel Nomad Books
Publication date: 06/29/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Michel Tinguiri (Ph.D.) is a native from Burkina Faso. He is currently living and teaching French Language and Culture as well as cultural anthropology in the USA. His dissertation examines "Social Capital in Post-Displacement Reconstruction in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso". Michel also received his Master's in Translation studies and his Bachelor's in African Literature from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) as well as his Master's in Linguistics from Syracuse University (New York). He also acts as a consultant in development and in translation & interpretation (French-English) for local and international organizations. Michel's interests include power, identity and ethnicity, gender, African literature, African politics, African traditions and modernity, urbanization, international migration and forced eviction. His recent research projects include the experience of African migrant teachers in US schools.

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“The Tribulations of a Sahelian Traveler” takes the reader into rural and urban Sahel, and explores the severe impacts of cotton production, the road and dam construction on peasant-farmers’ lives contrary to the empty promises made by authorities and greedy local chiefs. It is a story about N’Djilékou’s agency, combativity, social justice and denunciation of political corruption and the hope for good governance. The novel opens with Aunt Pèlo’s vivid description of the first glimmers of hope generated by cotton production, which quickly turned into a nightmare due to internal conflicts, greed and the loss of lands and sense of place and community.  Building on oral tradition, the narrative style gradually enables the reader to experience the intense moments experienced by the characters, their views, aspirations, joys and sorrows. It is a story about hope, self-reliance, self-realization, and the belief in community. It is a novel full of movements and vitality. Beyond an individual quest for meaning and fulfillment, it is also a collective quest of the African continent regarding its future and the future of its children.  The Tribulations of a Sahelian is a novel that indirectly denounces corrupt African leadership who sacrifice their people and political institutions, including their constitution for their own selfish needs and development. It’s an optimistic novel as it believes as it also underscores that no matter how bloody and treacherous dictators are, they cannot stand the general will and determination of a united people.