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The famous Beninese writer, Jean Pliya died last 14th May 2015 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) at 83 years old. The author of the best-seller « L’arbre fétiche » got rich career path.
History and geography teacher, Jean Pliya taught in several universities of West Africa (Togo, Benin, Niger) and France before becoming in 1981, the vice-chancellor of the National University of Benin). He occupied this post until 1983.
Jean Pliya was also a politician. He was a staff manager for the minister for Education from 1961 to 1963, minister for information and tourism in 1963, staff manager for General Soglo, then Member of Parliament for Abomey.
Devout Catholic Christian, he dedicated a part of his life to the work of God. Jean Pliya was regularly requested by sub-regional congregations for his teachings.
– L’arbre fétiche, collection of short stories (L’Arbre fétiche, La Voiture rouge, L’homme qui avait tout donné, le Gardien de nuit), Yaoundé, Editions CLE, 1971
– Kondo le requin, dedicated to King Behanzin, Yaoundé, Editions CLE, 1981 (literary Grand Prix of Black Africa)
– Les Chimpanzés amoureux, Le Rendez-vous, La Palabre de la dernière chance, nouvelles, les Classiques africains, 1977
– La Secrétaire particulière, Yaoundé, Editions CLE, 1973
– Les Tresseurs de cordes, Paris, Hatier, Abidjan, CEDA, 1987
– La Fille têtue, traditional tales and narrations of Benin, Abidjan ; Dakar ; Lomé, Nouvelles Éditions africaines, 1982
Original text by:Roger ADZAFO