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Nafée Faïgou

Nafée Faïgou is a Niagara region artist, originally from Chad, country located in the heart of Africa. She currently is an associate member of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF), Ontario francophone authors Association. She holds a Bachelor in Arts Sc. in French Literature from Ndjamena, University -Chad-. She has received various grants from both the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Mexico for various writing projects. She also received many literary awards for short stories both in Chad and in Italy – the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival  in 2002 for the scenario of a short film; -Lettre à New York-. She is a playwright and a stage director,  (Tumulte chez les D’Angerio (2015) as well as an adaptor of theatre script, The little laying lion, respectively in Welland and Jamaica – 2007 & 2009 as well as a stage director, Wedding in Niagara, (2010).

She wrote several poetry books (Nermine,  Eclats d’ombres, Entre rêves et réalités, Tâches d’instants égratignés). Faigou translates literary works (Feeding Roots “Culture in conflict” Poetic Documentary Film,  from French into English ) and since 2010, is a literary critic on Francophone Canadian authors, for Voix Plurielles, an online magazine of Francophone Literature in Canada and the francophone world.

She writes essays on various authors such as Emilio Pacheco (Hommage à Emilio Pacheco, allegoric text; published and translated into Spanish by Casa Loma, Mexico in 2009; Ce silence si assourdissant , Essay; published and translated into Spanish, Casa Refugio Citalpetl, Mexico – 2009; and on the entire poetic works of Bathélemy Bolivar, a Manitoban poet).  She is a preface writer -Mbeuryo’s death,  Novel; Edition l’Harmattan, Yaounde, Cameroun – 2008;  Nyota fille de Batoumou, l’Harmattan, Kinshasha 2017).

Faigou also writes short stories( Délit de peur   in Anthology of Arts and Literature in Chad, Edition l’Harmattan, France – 2003; Samara, Reseau de Lecture Publique, Chad 1997.)

Since 2007; she has been the Artistic Director of Festiv’Ébène festival, a Francophone Winter Festival in the Niagara Region.

Time to time she performs on stage (Mon beau capitaine; Theatre, Bordeaux, France, Festival International de Carthage, Tunisia; Productions MC2a, Bordeaux, France – 2003; Atelier du cameleon , Comedian , Poitiers, France, 1998-1999 ; Theatre international de Langue francaise, TILF ; Comedian , Paris, France 1997 ; Ndok’tel, atelier theatre, Comedian and Director of the Troup, N’djamena, Chad,  1996-1998 and  is a film actress ; Bye- Bye Africa,   Movie, Ndjamena Chad, Toronto international Film Festival, directed by Haroun Mahamat Saleh, Production la Lanterne, Bordeaux, France -2001.

Finally she is an artist in community and a social activist. She has given Theatre and literature course & Workshops on the XVIIe Century France for youth, Haitians Schools without Borders –Ontario-Manitoba/Canada/Haiti – 201 and directed a Multi-generational project with kids and seniors Theatre Workshop funded by Trillium foundation in Welland in 2013-2014.

Time to time she lends her acting to sorority cultural association like when she worked as a comedian during Culture days with the Migrant workers, NeXt Company Theatre and Brock University Department of Drama in 2011.

Faigou facilitates artistic workshops such as Mask making workshops with Turn Around Project (TAP) with street kids, in Port Antonio, Jamaica  in 2009 and with Jean Vanier Secondary School Students, Sofifran and the South Western Ontario Catholic School Boards in Welland in 2008.

Her personal interests lay in reading, listening to world music, watching English super sleuths series, cooking and gardening as well as collecting fine wine, whiskies, cigars, poetry in all languages and perfume.

Finally, she has the outmost important job of being the mom of a teenager, William.