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Amoussa Koriko

Amoussa Koriko

Video recordings of Amoussa Koriko at the 2011 UND Writers Conference.

Amoussa Koriko was born in Lomé, the capital city of Togo, a very small country in West Africa. He grew up in the extremely harsh environment of one of the most populous areas in Lomé called Nyékonakpoè, where he was surrounded by the more than 12 national languages of which he speaks five. This environment constitutes one the elements that shapes Amoussa's writings. He holds a four-year college degree in Communication and Linguistics from the University of Lomé, where voluntarily refused to write his master thesis. In 2004, he moved to the U.S. and attended North Dakota State University where he got a BA in French and Theater. He is currently working on his master's in Educational Foundation and Research at UND.

A published playwright, Amoussa is also a director, actor, percussionist, and African traditional dancer. He has had most of his theater experience working with directors from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. He has taught Togolese tribal dance at NDSU, MSUM, and La Comédie de Saint-Etienne in France. In 2009, he was nominated for the Grand Prix Afrique du Thèâtre Francophone. He has founded a theater company called "Theatre Assassan du Togo," where he trains young people in theatre arts. He is also the founder of the African Arts Arena in Grand Forks, which creates a culture sharing space through the instruction of African dance and drumming. He recently directed his play When the Bird Takes Flight as the main stage production for the Newfangled Theater, a student production branch of the Little Country Theatre at NDSU. It was later invited to the Kennedy Center for American College Theater Festival 2010 for the Region V.

Amoussa has been in many productions, including film (Walking Shadow, with Uniti Teatri in Italy), as playwright, director or actor. As playwright Amoussa has written many plays including: When the Bird Takes Flight (published in French, English and French, awarded best directing Festhef, Lomé), Night Shadow (in publication), Pour un vulgaire coup de queue, A Pearl Around the Ankle, and Ainsi soit-il (Unesco award).

Among other things, Amoussa translates for new Immigrants and Refugees of French and Togolese origin in the FM area.

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