Political dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire: an eternal new beginning (author, Joël N’guessan)

“How can we reconcile if individual or collective responsibility is not part of our political morality?”

After the 4 Volumes of Duties of Memory, Coronavirus or the Twilight of our Pride, Carrying the Word A Priesthood, and many other works that I have written, I take an analytical and critical look at Reconciliation and Political Dialogue in Ivory Coast – An Eternal Start.

This book Dialogue and Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire – the Eternal Renewal – takes stock of the many meetings and political resolutions that have not allowed Côte d’Ivoire to avoid military and political crises with their parades of dead and shattered lives. Let us pray that those who initiated it and those who participated in it remember that true Reconciliation is that of the Heart and not the small political arrangements of the moment.
In deciding to write this work, my wish is to make an exhaustive inventory of all the official acts of Dialogue and Reconciliation and to appreciate the results on the evolution of the Ivorian nation. It is up to me to take stock of all the attempts at Dialogue and Reconciliation that have taken place over the last 30 years in Côte d’Ivoire.
I must admit that I was strongly inspired by an article written by the journalist and friend Ferro BALLY. Although I am not on the same political side as him, I found his article very simple both in terms of writing and the issues it addresses, so I decided to reproduce it in its entirety at the beginning of this book. He titled his article “POLITICAL COMEDY”.

To speak of reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire is to update the methods and actions carried out in this regard over the last thirty years. It also means remembering events and situations experienced personally during and after the successive crises that our country has experienced.
How can we reconcile if individual or collective responsibility is not part of our political morality? How can we reconcile and relearn to live together if the obligation of repentance is not part of our education or our culture? and yet all the Ivorian political actors are fervent followers of the two great monotheistic religions (Christianity and Islam) where repentance constitutes the spiritual basis of all. This book Dialogue and Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire – Eternal Renewal, currently available in bookstores, provides answers.

I will be able to say more during the panel on “Books, reconciliation and peace” in which I am participating on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Bernard B. Dadié Palace of Culture in Abidjan – Treichville on the occasion of the International Book Fair Conference.
The participants in this panel are:

Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, President of the FPI, Professor Jean-Noël Loucou, Secretary General of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation, Vincent Toh-Bi Irié, Honorary Prefect of Abidjan, Ms. Ken Bugul, Senegalese writer and Boubacar Boris Diop, Senegalese writer.

Joel N’guessan author.