Ousmane Sembène, critic of Africa’s dependency on aid, dies

by IRIN News

Ousmane Sembene’s 1993 film ‘Guelwaar’ equates Africa’s dependency on aid with prostitution. Photo: New Yorker Films

Senegal’s leading film maker and author Ousmane Sembène, who was a staunch critic of Africans taking aid from the West, is dead.

His films and books often touched on issues of colonialism and Western racism but his subject always focused on what Africans need to do for themselves.

“The one theme running through all his work was that Africans need to stand up and take responsibility for their actions,” Gnilan Ndiaye an authority on Senegalese culture told IRIN on Monday.