Werewere Liking

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Werewere Liking (born 1950, Cameroon) is a writer, playwright and performer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She established the Ki-Yi Mbock theatre troupe in 1980 and founded the Ki-Yi village in 1985 for the artistic education of young people.

Her novel Elle sera de jaspe et de corail is a song-novel recounted by a misovire (a post-gender being) in writing a journal on nine themes.

She received a Prince Claus Award in 2000 for her contributions to culture and society, and the Noma Award in 2005 for her book La mémoire amputée.[1]


Her books and plays include:

  • La mémoire amputée, Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes (2004), ISBN 2-84487-236-0
  • Elle sera de jaspe et de corail, Editions L'Harmattan (1983), ISBN 2-85802-329-8 - trans. Marjolijn De Jager, It shall be of jasper and coral; and, Love-across-a-hundred-lives (two novels), University Press of Virginia (2000), ISBN 0-8139-1942-8
  • La puissance de Um (1979) and Une nouvelle terre (1980) - trans. Jeanne Dingome, African Ritual Theatre: The Power of Um and a New Earth, International Scholars Pubs. (1997), ISBN 1-57309-066-2

Further reading[edit]

  • Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African Literature, Routledge (2002), ISBN 0-415-23019-5 - pp. 288–9
  • Katheryn Wright, Extending generic boundaries: Werewere Liking's L'amour-cent-vies, in Research in African Literatures, June 2002 accessed at [1] March 5, 2007
  • Don Rubin, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa, Routledge (2000), ISBN 0-415-22746-1
  • Nicki Hitchcott, Women Writers in Francophone Africa, Berg Publishers (2000), ISBN 1-85973-346-8 - focuses on Mariama Bâ, Aminata Sow Fall, Werewere Liking and Calixthe Beyala: see publisher's details [2]
  • Peter Hawkins, Werewere Liking at the Villa Ki-Yi, in African Affairs, Vol.90, No.359 (Apr. 1991), pp. 207–222 - accessed at [3] March 1, 2007


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