It's impossible for me to sum up Africa in only one word. But if I could use two, I'd say hugeness and diversity. One number?
It's about 600 million people who didn't have access to electricity, it's enormous! A dream for Africa?
It's very simple, it would be for all Africans to live from their farming. A story? An anecdote?
I have a memory from when I was 6 years-old and we were watching the Michael Jackson clip. But the television were turned toward the street because there was one TV for about 50 children, it wasn't so bad back then. And I remember it as something very moving and exceptional. A proposal
Well, I don't know, I'm not in politics but I think the most important thing for today's and tomorrow's generations is education. It would be for education to be accessible to all, or even mandatory as it is in France because, in the end, it's what counts. Africa by night...
I can't help but to find kind of pretty the fact that there's a part of Africa with no electricity. What it means is that many people don't have access to electricity and to everything it allows to do. I find this striking. Energies for Africa
It's a very good initiative, it goes in the right direction and I hope it will grow smart with African State leaders, for instance. My commitment:
I'd say this project seems important to me and, as I said before, everything impacting education is what is truly important.
What surprised me in a positive way were the 67 female Rwandan deputies. Probably one of the consequences of the drama the country witnessed not so long ago.
One dream for Africa
To continue on the dynamic of women, my dream probably is to widen education, the potential absolute weapon we need to develop very very soon. We are realizing that when education fails somewhere, a gap opens.
A story? An anecdote?
Some friends put me in charge of filming a private but very wealthy wedding of a rich industrial's daughter in Benin. It still was a time of marxism-leninism in Benin, so the spirit was stupefying. I remember it was an unbelievable wedding.
It probably already exists, but for European countries to ally and to create very strong partnerships with African countries. I think it will be mandatory in the future.
Africa by night
When I see this picture, what strikes me is this never-ending black whole in the shape of the African continent, a continent so beautiful by day and absolutely dark right there. The illuminated world around it, the cities, the urban flourishing and the Sahara in absolute darkness.
Energies for Africa
Borloo's initiative primarily is an absolute glow of cleverness because it's obvious and everything starts with this. The problem has one aspect: electricity; and then the rest will come: education and everything else we mentioned. I think it's essential.
On a personal level, my commitment would be dedicated to culture and art. Anyway, I think that on every continent, Humanity needs art. Africa has a lot to teach us on this.
Africa in one word
To me, complicated stories begin because it's impossible to extensively simplify Africa, which is more sophisticated than we imagine, with many more differences and spreads. The way we globally approach the continent might be quite complicated including in terms of religions. Looking closer we can not put them all in the same place hoping they'll stay put because there're only Africans.
650 million cell-phones is a way to tell people they are not going to follow the same process, the same path, they will simplify and radicalize because they are inventing a future at their own pace to avoid useless steps. They directly went to the step where they pay with their cell-phones so it's striking to see them with 650 million cell-phones.
A dream for Africa
For them to discover their own path, to not follow the Asians' footsteps so nervous, so liberal, and so willing to move faster than everyone else and therefore polluting: half of China is sunk in an unbreathable air. I don't want Africans to compare themselves with Americans or Europeans, but to find their own way, more harmonious, more interesting and respectful of those who started later to arrive earlier.
A story? An anecdote?
It can not leave women out. In the Women Forum in particular, we often saw African delegations with great qualities among which the capacity to mobilize French women by explaining to them how much they are fighting over there, how their challenges are great ones, how most construction works were done by women, and how it was in our interest to keep climbing, to continue to consider the issue of women as an important one.
Africa by night
I think we must hurry. We have to give them access to lighting, it has become urgent if we don't want to have problems. This picture is beautiful, it makes people think and they all say: some people have to be given more, they need more. Energy is not always negative.
Energies for Africa
It's just pure happiness! First because Borloo is crazy for having decided that we were going to change it all overnight. This person from across the world wants to light a whole continent with his own energy; is it possible not to melt? We would want him to take care of everything.
To help as many people as possible, such as Jean-Louis, to try bringing something to Africa in particular. The challenge of energy seems very important.
The link with women is fascinating, African women are exceptional and I want to create links and personal exchanges. I remember a meeting on Francophone countries: African women had so much more vigor and energy than us, and I said to myself we needed to come up with places where they could talk because they truly are magnificent.
We support this generous initiative. We should have been able to carry and nurture this project. But since we weren't able to do so, Jean-Louis Borloo stood out. As State leaders we now should continue to promote this project to other State leaders, to the ECOWAS, and to the African Parliament.