5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 Fév 2014
Ségou - Mali


Salif Keita - Mao Otayeck - Cheick Tidiane Seck - Sékouba Bambino - Abdoulye Diabaté - Vieux Farka Touré - Oum - Stelbee - Khaira Arby - Pibo Marquez - MADOU & SAFI DIABATÉ - Kaladjoula Band - Sahel Blues - Néba Solo - Mariam Koné - Super Biton de Ségou - Mylmo - Ben - Zabo - Orchestre Kôrè - Uppertunes (Hollande)


« AFRICAN RENAISSANCE : Challenges and Perspectives »


The International Fair of Ségou was created in order to give the opportunity to local organizations and local producers (Gardeners , craftsmen, farmers, fishermen, traders, etc.) to benefit from the large national and international audience drained by the Festival sur le Niger, to sell their products and to create partnerships.


A Trans-Saharan Sahel project for peace, solidarity and tolerance initiated by three festivals, the Festival au Désert (Timbuktu, Mali), the Taragalte Festival (M’Hamid Elghizlane, Morocco) and the Festival sur le Niger (Ségou, Mali).



art exhibitions

Seven international and national exhibitions on the themes: ``« Love»; ``« Dialogue and Cultural Diversity »; ``« Cultural Diversity and National Unity »; ``« African Renaissance »; ``«Democracy and Peace »; ``« Impulses » ;


Ti chèlbè , of Kettly Noël


Markala Kirango, Banankoro et Pelengana - Kôrè Dugaw - Donsow - Djandjigui - Le Tindé - Canoe Races


Music - Visual Arts - Manual

Enjeux & Perspectives »


Colloque de Segou - Festival sur le Niger 2014 - RENAISSANCE AFRICAINE: Enjeux & Perspectives

The Symposium of Ségou (formerly the Scientific Forum) is held annually during the Festival sur le Niger. Since its first edition in 2005, it sets up a space for discussion and exchanges on major issues and challenges faced by our society. The Symposium brings together historians, researchers, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, novelists ... Intellectuals from several countries in Africa and the world to exchange and make concrete and practical proposals on the issues addressed.

After nine prolific editions full of lessons, the Symposium of Ségou this year celebrates its 10th edition with the theme «African Renaissance: Challenges and Perspectives» in a post-crisis atmosphere, between doubt and hope with a strong desire for reconciliation and reconstruction of Mali. After a series of crises our dear continent has just experienced, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Libya and most recently in Mali and the Central African Republic, there is reason to question, to initiate deep reflection on our future, to go again on new stronger and safer basis.

The 10th  edition of the Symposium of Ségou intends to propose a model to follow for this procedure, in order to contribute to the construction of a concept of African Renaissance mainly based on our societal values. It intends to identify relevant and practical recommendations for the emergence of a new Africa. The subthemes should be structured around the following points: African Renaissance: a current challenge; the richness of African potential: foundation of African Renaissance; the Invitation to act.

Panelists from diverse backgrounds will share their experiences with us.




Dr. Ousmane SY, Mali

Agricultural economist, Dr. Ousmane Sy is also graduated in economics and social development from the University of Paris I - IEDES (Panthéon-Sorbonne). From 1993 to 2000 he was coordinator of the National Program for Decentralization and Institutional Reforms. He held the position of Minister of Territorial Administration and Local Collectivities from 2000 to 2002.

From 2002 to 2011, it is cumulatively consultant, Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Policies and Institutions (CEPIA) which became the Institute of Local in 2011.




Professor of philosophy at the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan and internationally recognized art critic, he developed a comprehensive critical analysis of contemporary African art. He also led the National Higher Institute of Arts and Cultural action of Abidjan. Y. Konaté has been the curator for numerous exhibitions in Europe and Africa. He is currently the Managing Director of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA).

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Abdoulaye DIOP, World Food Program – Addis Abeba

Abdoulaye Diop is the Director of the Africa Office of the WFP and Representative to the AU and ECA. He is a former Ambassador of Mali to the United States of America before joining the World Food Program (WFP) in 2010 as Country Director for Malawi. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration (IIAP) in Paris, a Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations Law of Paris XI University and a Masters in Diplomacy of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Algiers, Algeria.


Mike van GRAAN, Afrique du Sud

Mike van Graan is the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute and is the former Secretary General of the Arterial Network, a continent-wide network engaged in the African creative sector.

He currently serves as a UNESCO Technical Expert on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

His plays include Die Generaal (The Generaal), winner of the Fleur du Cap Best New Script Award 2008; Brothers in Blood, a Market Theatre production that won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best New Play 2009, and Lago’s Last Dance which premiered on the Main Program at the National Arts Festival and was nominated in the Fleur du Cap Best New Script category, 2009. 

Dr. René N’Guettia KOUASSI, Union Africaine, Addis Abeba

Dr. René Kouassi N’Guettia, an Ivorian national, is a holder of a PhD in Economics (Ph.D) in October 1995 at the University of Versailles, France and a doctorate in Development Economics in February 1985 at the University of Auvergne (Clermont – Ferrand I, France). Currently Director of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Commission of the African Union since July 2004, Dr. Kouassi held previously and successively the functions of Deputy Chief of Staff of the Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Dr Salim Ahmed Salim and Chief of Cabinet of the Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Amara Essy.


Christiane KAYSER, Luxembourg

Christiane Kayser, Luxembourg, works as an independent consultant in West Africa and Central Africa since 1984. Work on decentralization in Burkina Faso and Mali, co-founder and member of the intercultural institute Pole Institute in Goma in DR Congo (www.pole-institute.org), member of the think tank Mapinduzi Unit and coordinator of the accompanying program Civil Service for Peace (SCP-ZFD). She is the translator of Tahar Ben Jelloun and Boualem Sansal.


Mamadou NDIAYE, Mali


Mamadou Ndiaye holds Masters in Production Management and Science of renewable energy, obtained at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and a degree in Management Engineering obtained at HEC Liège, still in Belgium. He currently leads the consulting firm IBC-Mali and is the initiator of the IBC-Group, a network of consulting firms present in eight countries in West and Central Africa.


Pr. Mahamadé SAVADOGO, Burkina Faso

Mahamadé Savadogo is a professor at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Philosophy professor (1988), Doctor of Philosophy (1992 ), University of Paris IV Sorbonne , appointed assistant at the University of Ouagadougou in 1993 , assistant professor in 1995 , associate professor in 1998 and full professor, in 2002, Mr. Savadogo teaches moral and political as well as the history of modern philosophy and contemporary philosophy. Professor Savadogo is also a researcher at the University Faculties Notre -Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium, from2001 to 2005.


Joe OSAE-ADDO, Ghana

Joe Osae-Addo was born in Ghana, West Africa, and trained at the Architectural Association in London. He is a founding partner in the A + D Museum, Los Angeles, whose mission is to advance knowledge and to enable people to appreciate and understand architecture and design. He moved back to his native country Ghana in 2004 and is currently the CEO of Constructs LLC (http://www.constructsllc.com), an «inno-native» design firm based in Accra and Tamale in Ghana, West Africa.


Lazare Assomo ELOUNDOU, UNESCO – Mali

Lazare Eloundou Assomo, architect and urban planner, is the head of the Africa Unit at the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, where he coordinates the cooperation between UNESCO and African countries on all issues related to World Heritage in Africa. He is responsible manager for a number of major restoration and rehabilitation projects in Ethiopia, Mozambique and Uganda. Previously head of the Africa Unit in the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, Lazare Eloundou Assomo is now the representative of UNESCO in Mali.


Dr. Issiaka TRAORÉ, Mali

Holder of a PhD in physics, joint supervision between the University of Technological Sciences and Technology of Bamako (USTTB) and the University of Strasbourg (UdS), IssiakaTraoré is specialised in elementary particle physics. In 2008, he made a 4-month internship at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Bologna, Italy. He is currently the President of the association Science and Initiative for Africa (SIA), the treasurer of the 3RNA-Maaya Association and coordinator of the Pan African League - Umoja (LP-G).



Sophie Ravier is Head of Environment and Culture Unit of the MINUSMA. Previously, she was Environment project manager at the Department of support to the UN missions in New York.

Sophie Ravier is graduated with a Master in International Relations from the University of Auvergne, a degree in general engineering from the Ecole des Mines d’ Ales, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy of University of Geneva .


Mohamed Salia TOURÉ , Mali

Mohamed Salia Touré holds a Masters in Local Development Engineering from the University Institute of Territorial Development (IUDT). He also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg in France. Primarily responsible for the Youth Coalition for Mali (COJEM), Mohamed Salia Touré has recently been elected head of the National Youth Council of Mali (CNJ- Mali).