Pan-African actress, film director
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Maïmouna N’Diaye, nicknamed the “heroine of African cinema”, is a socially committed pan-African actress and director. She was one of the only African artists representing African cinema culture at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where she participated as a jury member. “For me, cinema is a weapon for mass reconciliation,” N’Diaye explained in an interview. “I used this art to show or say, everything that minorities can’t express.” Defining herself as a pan-Africanist with parents of Senegalese and Nigerian origins, N’Diaye was raised in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. In 2015, N’Diaye won the 2015 FESPACO Award for the best actress. She was also nominated for best actress at AMAA awards in Nigeria and became internationally recognised for her film “Eye of the Storm”N’Diaye was also in “Kirikou and the Sorceress,” , in which she recorded the mother’s voice of the famous West African village boy. She has directed several documentaries about Africa on topics such as violence against young girls and people battling psychiatric troubles. N’Diaye has become a key power player in African cinema, and is a critical voice for women’s empowerment in a male-dominated industry.