10th Anniversary

As you can imagine, at this moment I am very busy with my activities to increase awareness of Guinean fellow bloggers about the reality and the seriousness of Ebola. Therefore, I will only copy and paste a passage from an interview I delivered to Davide Galati and translated by Louise Marsden issued issued on GV in may 2013:

“One evening in December 2008, by then I had retired, to avoid arguing with my wife about what to watch on TV, I started to search on the Internet for a voluntary activity I could undertake. Among the sites I came across was Global Voices. I read a few posts and liked them. Immediately, I contacted Claire Ulrich, the person in charge of the French group and I started to partake.

I didn't have any blogging experience beforehand. I didn't even know what Facebook, Twitter, netizen, citizen media, blogs or posts were. My only previous activity had been the creation of a forum for the victims of the dictatorship in my country. I became a blogger thanks to the patience of Claire Ulrich, who helped me create Konakry Express [fr], a blog designed to broadcast information of the grave violations of human rights that occurred in Guinea on the 28th September 2009.”

I could add the difficulties associated with the downward of my view when I was looking with magnifying glass for words in the dictionary sitting on the couch next to my wife watching the TV, those related to the use of the tools of the GV platform.

9 comments

  • Look at you now, Abdoulaye! Writer, translator, blogger, activist :) I wonder what your wife think of it all – we must thank her for keeping you away from the telly!

    • Paulissima thanks! I confess sometimes, it is hard to get me move even for eating.

      However, Fiorella, my wife, also is very busy: theater actress and director, researcher on historic dresses, English, German, French ant Italian teacher. She is still performing all these activities.

  • Claire in Paris

    Not only all of those great things Paula, Abdoulaye is also refered to as “The Wise Elder” in our group as well as on his influential FB page. He was also the one who arrived in Rwanda as a UN expert shortly after the genocide, the one who supervised the preparation of Cambodia first “free” elections…Etc. with love and respect, Abdou.

    • Toujours si généreuse avec moi, Claire! Mais j’ai été responsable des élections seulement pour la province de Kandal, celle qui entoure Phnom-Penh et dont la capitale est Takhmau.

  • You’re a great inspiration Abdoulaye! I admire all your work and activism!! Thanks for being here on GV! Thanks to Fiorella!!! <3

  • Abdou, I have finally managed to track down that interview (linked it in your text) and confessing I had not read it before, I was even more impressed with your history of your soul! I wish I could give you a big hug now! Thank you for being a GVer :)

  • ….and actor! One of my favorite GV stories of all time. Hope you do a Community blog post about your movie career. I know it was documented in the GV Podcast, but it would be great to read it here once things settle down.

  • […] “One evening in December 2008—by then I had retired—to avoid arguing with my wife about what to watch on TV, I started to search on the Internet for a voluntary activity I could undertake. Among the sites I came across was Global Voices. I read a few posts and liked them. Immediately, I contacted Claire Ulrich, the person in charge of the French group and I started to partake…. I didn't have any blogging experience beforehand. I didn't even know what Facebook, Twitter, netizen, citizen media, blogs or posts were. My only previous activity had been the creation of a forum for the victims of the dictatorship in my country. I became a blogger thanks to the patience of Claire Ulrich, who helped me create Konakry Express, a blog designed to broadcast information on the grave violations of human rights that occurred in Guinea on the 28th September 2009.” (Read full post here) […]

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