Maimouna N' DIAYE
Winner at FESPACO and Trophées francophones in 2015 for her role in Eye of the Storm by Sékou Traoré, Maimouna N'Diaye grew up in Guinea Conakry before studying in France and becoming an actress with Otar Iosseliani's Chasing Butterflies (1992) and Michel Ocelot to whom she lends her voice in Kirikou (1996). She then moved to Côte d’Ivoire where she joined the theater troupe Ymako Teatri and directed in parallel documentaries including Warbassanga (1998), Tranches de vie presented at FESPACO in 2009 from portraits made during the dramas the country endured. As an actress, she has worked in television, short films and feature films such as Bol d'amour by Jacques Trabi (2001), Gardens in Automn (2005) by Otar Iosseliani, A Woman like no other by Abdoulaye Dao (2008) and recently Ca tourne à Ouaga by Irene Tassembedo. She also founded the association Maimoundi.