Tanella Boni (Côte d'Ivoire)
Born in 1954 in Abidjan, Tanella Boni is a professor of philosophy. She is a poet, novelist, short story writer, critic, and author of twenty books. She has also written books for children and adolescents. Apart from her teaching and research activities, she was the President of the Association of writers of the Côte d'Ivoire from 1991 to 1997, and later the organizer of the International Festival of poetry in Abidjan from 1998 to 2002. She has lead throughout all these years, a life devoted to the advancement and perpetuation of artistic and literary production in Africa.
From 1990 to 2002, she was respectively assistant Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities at the University of Cocody in Abidjan, Director of the study abroad program at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris), Director of APHIDEM under the auspices of UNESCO, and Director of the organization la Francophonie for the Ministry of Culture in Abidjan. She has participated in the Scientific Council group of studies and research on globalization (GERM) as well as in the Steering Committee of the FISP (Fédération international of societies of philosophy) since 2008.
Boni has received several literary awards such as the Ahmadou Kourouma Prize in 2005 for her novel Matin de couvre-feu and the international prize Antonio Vicarro in 2009 for the ensemble of her poetic work.