Aïssatou Adamou

Originally published in Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film Video and Television by Beti Ellerson. Africa World Press, Trenton, NJ,  2000. Interview by Beti Ellerson  during the Vues d'Afrique Festival in April 1997, Montreal, Quebec. Translated from French.

Aïssatou, you are a pioneer in the area of visual communications in Niger.  Could you talk a bit about yourself, and how you evolved into the area of film and television?

    I am from Niger.  I am thirty-five years old. I initially worked in print journalism, but I began working in television immediately after completing my studies when I heard about an opening at the national television.  My goal had always been to work in television and radio. Of course, when I heard about the opening, I quickly presented my application and was immediately accepted.  I began working as television announcer, a position I held for the next three years.

    I later realized that, though being an announcer was a good thing, I still needed to advance my career.  So I completed an examination and was accepted at the Institut de formation au technique de l'information et de la communication (IFTIC).  After completing a three-year program, I returned to the television station as a director.

    Since 1982, I have directed programs relating to women's issues.  The programs are aired weekly on Nigerien television.  I have also focused on health issues relating to women and children. I make documentaries, and though I do not always have the means to make fiction films, I have made some as well.  In fact, I have a variety of tasks at the National Television of Niger.  Presently, I am production manager.

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