French poet of Congolese inception, Thierry Sinda, is as of now in Rwanda to investigate the nation and in addition advance his most recent book; “Anthologie des Poèmes d’Amour des Afriques et d’Ailleurs”, inexactly interpreted as: “Treasury of adoration ballads from Africa and somewhere else”.
In a restrictive interview at The New Times’ workplaces, Sinda, who is likewise a film commentator for Amina Magazine, a college teacher and originator of ‘Le Printemps des poètes d’Afrique et d’ailleurs,’ uncovered more about his most recent book and his stay in Rwanda.
“I am here to investigate more about Rwanda, much the same as I have been improving the situation the previous years. I head out crosswise over Africa attempting to comprehend the way of life of various nations, and this is the thing that my first emotional ballad was about,” he said.
Sinda’s first dramatic poem is called ‘Voyage en Afrique à la Recherche de Mon Moi Enivré,’ loosely translated as the ‘Journey to Africa in Search of my Inebriated Me’.
According to him, ‘Anthologie des Poèmes d’Amour des Afriques et d’Ailleurs’ is a collection of love poems from Africa and elsewhere, including in the Caribbean and Europe.
“In the book, there are more than fifty poems collected from different parts of Africa and other parts of the world, most of which are themed around love. This anthology is that of the nine years of a poetic festival that has its place in French literature,” he noted.
For the past nine years, the poet has been leading ‘Le Printemps des poètes d’Afrique et d’ailleurs,’ as a festival that brings together poets to showcase the black and African culture.
He believes that black people and African people in the West should have platforms through which they can learn as well as tell their story and culture. The festival has been a key platform to promote culture and art.
“It is very important to keep your roots. This is why this initiative to promote African culture and art started as a way of giving a platform to Africans and black people to represent themselves,” noted Sinda, who is a professor of film and literature at New York University in France.
He said he would be travelling across different parts of the country to learn more about the Rwandan people and the culture. Sinda has travelled to different African countries like Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, and Egypt, just to mention a few.