Aïda Mady Diallo

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Aïda Mady Diallo is a French-born Malian novelist and director. She is the author of the novel Kouty, mémoire de sang (2002).

Life and work[edit]

After her childhood in France and receiving a college degree in Uzbekistan, Diallo moved to Mali.[1]

Her novel Kouty, mémoire de sang (Kouty, Memories of Blood), tells the story of a young girl in 1980s Gao seeking the death of her family at the hands of Tuareg killers.[2] In an interview with the magazine Bamako Culture, Diallo described the novel as "a call for tolerance and forgiveness."[3] Critic Pim Higginson described it as adapting the tropes of the crime novel and romance novel to critique the fascination of Western readers with African violence.[4]

Diallo's television film Karim et Doussou, the story of a contemporary Malian marriage, was nominated for a 2011 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) award.[5]



  1. ^ "Aïda Mady Diallo: Karim and Doussou", African Women In Cinema Blog, 18 February 2011.
  2. ^ Not to be Missed: "'Kouty, mémoire de sang', a novel by Aïda Mady DIALLO".
  3. ^ "Aïda Mady Diallo : L’Africaine de la série noire", Bamako Culture.
  4. ^ Higginson, Pim. "Tortured Bodies, Loved Bodies: Gendering African Popular Fiction." Research in African Literatures 39.4 (Winter 2008): 133–146.
  5. ^ 22eme FESPACO", TV5 Monde. Accessed 15 November 2017.