The comedian and famous singer Lydia Ewandé, a native of Cameroon, passed away on April 20 at the age of 83 years in Loiret, France.
The world of culture has lost an enormous talent. The comedian and singer Lydia Ewandé, originally from Cameroon, died on April 20 at the age of 83 in the Loiret, in France, her daughter Emma Linieres announced. This true pioneer was one of the first African actresses of French cinema of the 50s and 60s. “My mother has always fought to promote African culture and especially for African women to be recognized in their communities. This really is the biggest fight of her life,” says one of his three daughters Emma Linieres to Kadidia.com.
It must be said that in a 50-year career, Lydia Ewandé worked with Peter Brook, Jean Becker, Thomas Gilou, Euzhan Palcy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Roger Blin, Jean-Marie Serreau … She also received numerous awards such as the Prix Jean Cocteau and the award for best actress in the South African Film Festival.
“It’s comedy that found her”
Yet, nothing predestined her to evolve in the arts. Having arrived in France at the age of 20 years old to study to become a chartered accountant, she had a revelation when she took her first acting class. It was from there that her passion for comedy was born. “It’s comedy that found her,” her daughter affirms. Then one thing led to the other and she spun her web, and her talent did not go unnoticed. Her rich filmography indeed attests to her expertise. On television, her last performance was the role of Grandmother Cal in “Les Mariés de l’Isle Bourbon” by Euzhan Palcy, regularly broadcast on France Televisions. She is also remembered for her unforgettable roles in series and TV movies such as L’Instit, “Les Grands Frères”, “Madame le Proviseur”, “Une Famille Formidable”, “Navarro”, “Inspecteur Lavardin” …
In theater, she also attracted attention. She played among others in The Blacks by Jean Genet, directed by Roger Blin, “The Tragedy of King Christophe” by Aimé Césaire, directed by Jean-Marie Serreau, or “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Brook.
In films, she starred in “Yamakasi” by Julien Seri, “J’ai horreur de l’amour” by Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa, “Elisa” by Jean Becker, “Toxic Affair” by Philomene Esposito, “Black Mic Mac” by Thomas Gilou, “Mixed” by Mathieu Kassovitz, “Marche à l’ombre” by Michel Blanc.
She was not only an actress but also a singer. Music was another passion of her life. His records, “A bog esia wam”, “Ebi Weka,” “Muna tete”, “Ndolo Dibato”, “Ebokw’a tete” have been praised by many music lovers also.
Lydia Ewandé was not only one of the first African actresses of French cinema, she was also an example of success and self-sacrifice that many young people can learn from. (April 27, 2016 )
-by Assanatou BALDÉ
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