Madam Jeannette Kagame yesterday joined other poetry and literature enthusiasts at Kacyiru Public Library to appreciate readings from Petit Payes, by Gaël Faye dubbed ‘Petit Pays’.
The event dubbed ‘Music and Poetry Evening’ was also attended by the first daughter Ange Kagame.
Gaël Faye, a Rwandan artist and author, was joined by another artist Samuel Kamanzi to read the story of ‘Petit Pays’.
The book ‘Petit Pays’ is about life of a child born in Burundi to a female Rwandan refugee and white French citizen who worked in Burundi.
The story stirred participants’ emotions as Gaël read part of the book describing the child’s hard life especially emanating from racial discrimination of Hutus and Tutsi in addition to having been born from parents of a different race and turbulent regional politics which hampered his dreams from coming true.
Gaël Faye has said that his book will have been translated into 28 languages between 2017and 2018 including Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Arabic, and Chinese among others.
Talking at the event Gaël Faye said “I am first of all delighted to see many people coming to support me. I am happy that Rwanda doesn’t currently favor racial discrimination,” he said.
Gaël Faye explained that there is a delegation in France planning to act out the book into a film.
Following the event, Madam Jeannette Kagame thanked Gaël Faye via twitter account.
“Many thanks Gaël Faye for Petit Pays. It is a great honor to our history and strength to our citizens,” she tweeted.
On 1st September 2016 Petit Pays’ book received an award from Fnac library which sells books online. Faye was also awarded as the best writer of books in the category of ‘Roman’.