The story of the journalist Sophie Bouillon, who has lived here since 2016, brings readers closer to the African metropolis and its 20 million residents.
Published. What drove a young woman from a small town in the east of France to give up everything and pursue her career thousands of kilometers away in the metropolis she herself described as a “monster”? Therefore, she is a journalist seeking to discover, this fact does not tell everything. The call is far-reaching, it comes from far away, and is nourished by the need to face the world’s reality and come to an end. An African city, arguably the craziest city, faces this challenge: Lagos, Nigeria. There were 2 million inhabitants in the 1970s, ten times as many as today. An omnipotent stench.
Since the summer of 2016, Sophie Bouillon has lived there permanently. The deputy director of the Agence France-Presse (AFP) office in Nigeria, she is responsible for closely following the news of this country with a population of 200 million. “hard work”, As she said. It took him a long time to adapt to this very special biome, decipher its internal spring water, reveal its secrets, digest its never fulfilled promises, and understand the love-hate game it imposes on visitors. The journey of life is the thread of the narrative, the title of this book, Manuwa Street, Return to the street where Sophie Bouillon found her traces.
The stories he carried out with an elegant and humble pen are far more than just the testimony of reporters. Of course, there is an issue of injustice, disasters, popular uprisings, and even Covid-19 and its progressive destruction, which is characterized by five weeks of detention with serious consequences. “Because his daily life as a “little ant” usually requires him to do it. In the course of the incident, she deciphered her relationship with this complicated country, so she finally expressed a lot of her heart.
Through a mirror mastered from beginning to end, the personal level of his literary creation method helped him provide a superb portrait of his “rival”: Lagos. Lagos and its slums. Lagos is so rich. The brotherhood of Lagos with parking lot guards, street vendors, anonymous people (with relaxed smiles and anger)… Lagos and its hustle and bustle, pollution, and oil. Don’t forget this unique way of spoken English, expressing joy and sadness. In the continuous brushstrokes, these English sentences are translated throughout the story without any negative impact on them, bringing us closer to the “monster” and its inhabitants. “Nigerians, Sophie Bouillon assured us, They are great dreamers and eternal optimists. They seem to be the most optimistic people in the world. This may be the reason for their salvation. “
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