Libation Ceremony: Tradition fulfilled and 2 statues unveiled

Filmmakers from Africa and Diaspora have honoured once again the professionals of the motion picture

The traditional libation ceremony took place yesterday Sunday 26th February 2023 in the morning at the Filmmakers’ Square. As usual, festival-goes did not haggle their participation alongside their peers and Burkinabe authorities including Minister for Culture. They then proceeded to the Avenue of the Stallion Column for the unveiling of the statue of Oumarou Ganda, first winner of the Etalon d’or de Yennenga
in 1972. After that, they headed for FESPACO Headquarters to unveil another statue, the bust of the iconic man with the pipe and pioneer of FESPACO, Sembène Ousmane. The 28th edition of the festival provides an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the man.
Burkina Faso has just paid tribute to a great Pan-African, said Minister for Culture Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, in the presence of Alain Sembène, son of Sembène Ousmane, who expressed his gratitude to the Burkinabe people. He added that his father was a great fan of FESPACO.
The libation ceremony once again sacrificed to the tradition by going around the Filmmakers’ Square twice, hand in hand, forming a large human chain circle.