Adame Ba Konaré

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Adame Ba Konaré
Born (1949-09-22) September 22, 1949 (age 67)
Ségou, Mali
Nationality Malian
Occupation Historian
Spouse(s) Alpha Oumar Konaré (m. 1971)

Adame Ba Konaré (born 1 May 1947 in Segu, Mali) is a Malian historian[1] and writer who is married to Alpha Oumar Konaré, former President of Mali.[2] She is active in several causes for newborns and refugees.


Adame Ba Konaré was born in Ségou on 1 May 1947 to Marmadou Ba who was a dentist and his wife Kadiatou Thiam. Her parents hailed from a Fula family. She attended the highest education facility, the École Normale Supérieure in Bamako, along with her future husband, Alpha Oumar Konaré. They married on 15 September 1971. Her new husband was employed as a high school teacher but he was to be sent to the University of Warsaw to undertake doctoral research. They both obtained a PhD in History in 1976. She returned to Mali and became a history professor at her alma mata in Bamako.[3]

Konaré and her spouse worked together on several projects. They published a book together in 1983 called Grande Dates Du Mali and they both worked for the democratic cause under the presidency of Moussa Traore who ruled Mali's single party state until 1991. During that time they created a publishing house Jamana and a daily newspaper Les Echos and a political party called ADEMA-PAS. In 1991 the president was deposed and in the following elections her husband was democratically elected.[3]

Konaré has written various types of books, from biographies (about Sunni Ali Ber) to philosophy (L'Os de la parole) and even a novel (Quand l'ail se frotte a l'encens), the plot of which focuses on the social gap in a fictional society similar to Mali's. For this book, her style has been compared to French authors Emile Zola and Victor Hugo's works.

Although officially retired, she is often invited to conferences on African History. In addition to her work in academia, Adam Ba Konare is also an outspoken feminist, and the founder of one of the few women's museums in Africa.[3] The museum was started in 1987 following the publication of Konaré's book The Dictionary of Famous Women of Mali. The museum, Muso Kunda, is funded by Konaré.[4]

More recently, she has been involved in a project to promote African History, following French president Nicolas Sarkozy's speech in Dakar.[2] The movement aims to write a history of Africa, defending the African legacy and past civilizations. As an historian, Adam Ba Konare disagreed with Sarkozy's speech and invited African historians, intellectuals and all friends of Africa to join to write a rebuttal to Sarkozy's speech in order to denounce "the attacks on African memory".[2]


  1. ^ Chretien, Jean-Pierre (2008). L'Afrique de Sarkozy Un deni de l'histoire. Karthala. pp. 11–13. ISBN 978-2-8111-0004-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Dougueli, Georges. "Adame Ba Konare". Jeune Afrique. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Akyeampong, Emmanuel K. (2012). chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr. editors in, ed. Dictionary of African biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 419–420. ISBN 0195382072. 
  4. ^ History and Mission Archived October 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Muso Kunda, retrieved 11 March 2014

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