South African Cultural Observatory National Conference
arts & culture
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


Kobena Kouakou Hilaire

Kobena Kouakou Hilaire is an Ivorian writer, editor and cultural promoter. His first work of literature, 'L’Île dévorée' (The Eaten Away Island) and published in July 2013, is concrete advocacy for a better environment protection and a precious overview of coastal erosion threats in Africa. Later in January 2014, 'Ne Touche pas à mon homme' (Don’t touch my man) his second novel was a sentimental plot and a best-seller in west Africa. In the earlier 2016’s, his last literary creation, 'La Vie en blanc et noir' (Life in white and black) was well received by critics for his formal beauty and his skillful story-telling that brings into light the damage of glaucoma disease on the vision of millions of people in the world.

Hilaire Kobena defines himself as a cultural integration activist.  In fact, he is well known as a tireless book promoter who takes an active part in many cultural events in his country and abroad (Paris, Cotonou, Lomé, Niamey...). This devoted man of letters was elected by his peers as the statutory auditor of the Ivorian Writers Association (AECI). A convinced Pan-Africanist, he is a member of many cultural associations such as Arterial Network, Association Rencontres Européennes-Europoésie (France), Ecrivains Humanistes (Bénin) and Groupe Éfrouba pour la Culture, the organizer of the international Efruba Book Festival of Grand-Lahou (Côte d’Ivoire).

Hilaire KobenaA is also one of the five founders and the financial director of Eden publishing house (Côte d’Ivoire), credited with around twenty book publications since 2015. Deputy-head in a secondary school in the megacity of Abidjan, he is married and father of two daughters.

During the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) second National Conference to be held on May 24 et 25 2017, in Johannesburg, Hilaire Kobena is expected to make a presentation on topic: The Social, Cultural And Economic Impacts Of The International Efruba Book Festival Of Grand-Lahou.

Kobena Kouakou Hilaire