Sidiki Bakaba

Sidiki Bakaba (born in Abengourou, 1949) is an actor, scenario writer and director from Côte d'Ivoire.

He lives and works in Abidjan. After studying at the National School of Drama of Abidjan, he conducted training at the Living Theatre and with Grotowski.

In 2000, he became the director of the Palace of Culture of Abidjan (Palais de la Culture d'Abidjan) located at Treichville. He also founded the Actor's Studio (an actor training school in the Palace of Culture)[1]

Along with a significant acting career, he produced fiction films, documentaries such as Les Guérisseurs (1988) which won the award for best music at the Francophone Film Festival, as well as the Voice of Hope at FESPACO Ouagadougou in 1989. He directed short films such as Le Nord est tombé sur la tête (1985–1998) for TV5, Le Parole (1992), L'Anniversaire de Daymios (November 1992) and documentaries such as Cinq siècles de solitude and La victoire aux mains nues in 2002.

A close supporter of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, Bakaba April 2011 he was in Gbagbo's residence in Abidjan during the siege which resulted in Gbagbo's capture[2] and is reported to have been wounded during it.[3]

Education and training

Teaching career


List of awards
Year Film Awarded for Organization
1979 Bako, l'autre rive Best Actor Festival de la Francophonie, Nice
1985 Petanqui,|Le Médecin de Gafire,|Suicides Grand prix d'interprétation Festival International of Carthage
1987 Le Médecin de Gafire Best Actor Culture Festival in Algiers
1988 Healers Best Film Music Award Festival de la Francophonie, Martinique
1989 Les Guérisseurs Voice of Hope Award FESPACO
1992 Honorary citizen of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
1997 Roues libres Best Screenplay Award for Ayala Bakaba and Sidiki Bakaba Amiens International Film Festival
1999 Les Déconnards UNESCO Award MASA Festival in Abidjan
2001 Los Palenqueros,|Cinq Siècles de Solitude UEMOA Award
2003 Prix Culturel Africain du Mérite Rifad (International Network of African Women and the Diaspora)
2005 Ikeda Culture and Education Award SGI-Côte d'Ivoire
2005 Roues Libres Best director l’Association des Professionnels du cinéma de Côte d'Ivoire
2006 Best Cultural Promoter Cultural Union of Journalists of Côte d'Ivoire
2006 Prix d’Excellence Diplôme d’Honneur General Council of Abengourou, his hometown
2008 Best Actor for West Africa la Fondation des artistes de Côte d'Ivoire (FONDACI)
2009 Awarded for his entire career 2nd Pan-African Cultural Festival in Algiers



TV films


Filmed theater

See also


  1. "Article du 06/04/2011". 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  2. "Article du 11/04/2011". 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. "Roues Libres, Sidiki Bakaba". Africultures. 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  4. "C'est ça la même (une Pièce de Sidiki Bakaba)". Chronofoot. November 20, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
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