Political-diplomatic novel … – Week of

Their association may seem politically risky, but they persevered and achieved great and beautiful things in the service of the Ivory Coast. This Friday, May 13, the ambassador went to join Jacqueville’s cemetery, her hero, the ambassador. His companions for almost six decades joined him. Thus, one of the most evolving lessons ends in openness. Itae Missa is!

It’s a love story that mixes politics, diplomacy and could have inspired a novel or even a movie, why not! It begins on a transatlantic liner sailing to New York, with young Africans leaving to continue their studies in the United States in the early 1960s.

She was a very young, beautiful and brilliant graduate, who Guinea sent to the United States by Sékou Touré with one of the scholarships that John F. Kennedy’s America offered to the newly independent states of Africa. Also on the Transatlantic, a young Ivorian bachelor, discovered by a retired teacher, whom Félix Houphouët-Boigny accused of following the course for Ivorian high school students in France. The story does not say which of the two seduced the other. Still, the young Guinean and the young Ivorian, sent to the United States by governments whose heads of state hated each other, fell in love.

Despite the declared freedom of alliance, the Cold War prevailed in Africa: Guinea leaned towards the Soviet bloc and Ivory Coast was resolutely pro-Western. The young bachelor was not just any Guinean, in love with any Ivorian. She was programmed to join the Guinean elite, and now she passes into the camp of the man who for Sékou Touré was then the worst enemy.

Was she the only one who deserted? Weren’t many young Guineans leaving the country at that time?Many actually fled the dictatorship and often also the education at a discount. So much so, that during the first two decades of independence, Guinea was the African country with the most well-educated, very high-ranking and even, frankly, brilliant citizens of the world. But these fled for themselves! Here is a future diplomat from Houphouët-Boigny who steals from Guinea a student who was sent to the United States with one of the most awarded scholarships. For Sékou Touré, it could only be a low blow.

Félix Houphouët-Boigny will not take long before he becomes aware of the “skill” of his young compatriot. He will not brag about it, but he will occasionally greet the beauty, culture and award of this Guinean, the wife of the one who will be his last ambassador to Washington. In these prestigious embassies you were sent with your wife.

Will we get the names of the two headlines? If the film does not end badly … The story ended with emotions, yesterday, Friday, in Abidjan, where those who knew and loved her said goodbye to Fatime Kader, the young Guinean high school graduate from the 1960s. Together with Charles Providence Gomis, she had founded the Ivorian transatlantic college, a beautiful family, representing Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s Ivory Coast in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, USA …

When he returned to Côte d’Ivoire after Houphouët-Boigny’s death in 1993, Charles P. Gomis was in turn an adviser to the President of the African Development Bank, Foreign Minister, head of a trial-and-miss UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire in France. At the dawn of his 80th birthday, he hoped to return to a well-deserved pension by returning to his homeland. But he was immediately elected senator by the head of state, on his constitutional quota.

Charles Providence Gomis was Vice President of the Ivorian Senate when he died in July 2021. His widow did not survive him for ten months. Fatime and Charles Gomis, reunited in the afterlife, may find Sékou Touré and Houphouët-Boigny, to finally resolve the dispute born of their love. Unless one of the two former heads of state is in hell and reconciles … his earthly works.

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