An author from Mali and Niger
writing in French
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Born in Bamako, Fatouma Agnès Diaroumèye, writing under the
pseudonym Shaïda Zarumey, spent the first ten years of her life in Niger,
a place to which she became very attached in the days of colonial occupation.
Thus she is both a woman under the influence of the "Cantaka"
and "Taka" of an era dominated by tradition, and a modern
woman who has travelled extensively, not only in Niger but also in Africa,
Europe, America and Asia. Her poems express both her gift to observe the other
and her strong attachment to her origins.
Shaïda Zarumey attended primary school in Niger, and high school in Mali
and France. She began her professional career in Dakar and Addis Ababa before
occupying numerous postings throughout Africa as an International Civil
Servant. (From Mariama Keïta, Preface of Alternances...).
Alternances pour le Sultan. 1982. (44p.). Poems.
The University of Western Australia/French
Created: 4 April 2004
Archived: 16 December 2012