50... and One World - Florence Barrigha, a Brief Encounter

Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1999
Format : Short

In the years following the colonization of West Africa, several women wanted to do business. They had fabrics printed in the West and sold them back in Togo; they were called Nana Benz because they could afford Mercedes Benz. In fact, the expression Nana Benz means freedom, pride, success and the courage of women. This movie brings out the story of one among the seven Nana Benz of Togo: Mrs Florence Barrighah. The story of Florence is fascinating. Her course is original because for the first time, a woman doesn't become a Nana Benz by heritage but by shrewdness and subtlety. In less than four years, she succeeds in penetrating the extremely closed world of Nana Benz. She has chosen a trade that is today going through a great crisis... Florence is among those people whom events forced to reinvent their lives and conditions to exist.

CIRTEF / Radio-Canada/ TNB (Burkina Faso)

Claude Grenier

Charlotte Boigeole et Andrée Davanture

Nara Keo Kozal

Issa Traore

Broadcast Details: TV5, Radio-Canada, TNB (Burkina Faso)


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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