He did the good days of comedy, before disappearing for a while from the scene. Recently, it reappeared on the small screen, through the "Adja" series. Sequences that the theater lovers gave the gift to in the 90s where the Bara Yégo company smoked Senegalese households. "The Obs" makes the magic late and has found for you, Marie Madeleine Diallo, "Awo" by Golbert Diagne and co-wife of the deceased Mame Sèye. In this interview, she tells us of her long absence, the deaths of her mother and her husband, her career, among others …
For a while, you're out of the scene. What explains this?
It's true that I stayed a good time without showing up on the screen, until recently through the Adja series. Nevertheless, I had to play a few sequences in a series like "C'est est la vie" shot at Joal. I also did a short film with Nicolas Sawalo Cissé, whose name is Blissi Ndiaye. However, I have to say that we have isolated much more. My mother and my husband suffered both. I had to get out of the scene to take care of them. He finally died, my husband in 2014, my mom, just before. Since then, a few times I have seen, it is during the Virgin Mary.
You have recently signed your return through the Adja series. How did you join?
It was the young bridge that sent me through an old friend, Therese Sise, secretary of the ruler of the time. He asked if he could give me my number. What I accepted. He called me and said he was looking for a character that would play the role of Adja's mother in the same series. He took the time to explain the ins and outs and eventually persuaded me to join the series. First of all, I was reluctant to start such adventures, it was not at all obvious. He succeeded in our discussions. I have to say that I found myself in the character and Adja, in the film, is the copy of what I was, a woman who cares right about her husband, her children, her home, very well. So I came to shoot at "Adja Thamkharit" and the producers asked me about other shots they would do soon.
What made you reconnect to the camera after this long absence?
It made me feel good to see myself playing again. Without putting flowers on me, there is always a gesture and a good presence. The proof, I had a lot of comments through social networks, my friends and acquaintances called me from everywhere to congratulate and encourage me. They told me that I am old now and that I was going to give my place to younger people and told me that I always had my place. The good seed is there, but sometimes we have to see the old ones who made the beautiful days of this art. So, I thought it would be nice to accept playing in the next episodes of Adja.
Your withdrawal is due to loss of favorites. How did you spend your time after mourning?
Let's say that since 1999, I have a structure called "Dialloré production", which I manage. Often we make trips, performances. I work with a director. I also work with many clubs and young artists who come to see me for small neighborhood movie sequences. I lend them my character as a staircase and I kindly do it to help them get started. Besides that, I stayed in France with my children and my brothers in Lyon.
The loss of mother and her husband at the same time must have been harsh for you …
I lived very hard. When my mother got sick, I went home. He stayed there for one and a half years before he died. Besides, my husband was also a bed. Both of them needed my presence, even if there were middlemen, members of the family, who helped me to enjoy them. I have lived with my husband since the age of 23. We had 43 years of marriage before he died. We were great friends and quite synergists. On the day of his death, he told me he would leave. I asked him; And he said, "You understand everything and it's time to leave, I put you in. You have to leave me." I told him he would not leave and he had to stay next to me because he is the only one I know and I have been living with him for years. I have always been in hospitals either with him or with my mother. It was difficult for me to think of myself or my career. At one point, I was totally exhausted. It took me a little health and I took care of myself. Some people thought I was no longer in this world.
He thought you had a period of depression. Is this a reality?
In no case! It is just that the period following the death of my husband, I let myself go a little. When he lived, my first reflex, when I got up, was to make me beautiful, to clothe my nerves. When he left, I did not wear any earrings. I gave myself body and soul to my husband, now that he is no longer from this world, I myself subscribe to God fully. I had the opportunity to go to Mecca in 1999 and since then I have tried to respect the rules of my religion. My husband also remarked to me that I had changed and that he had the impression that I had lived with someone else after my return from the Holy Places.
Did you manage to mourn today?
I did, despite myself. But in front of my room door, there is a picture of my husband posted by my daughter, telling me to say goodbye when I go out and greet him on my return. However, we do it especially when we have faith. We say that this happens to everyone, even if we do not know the time or the moment. The only alternative is to pray for the rest of their souls. Since then, I have become more pious, my friends, my children blame me for not separating me from my rosary.
What prompted you to try?
I'm very family. I have very close ties with my parents. Their love allowed me to deal with these tests. I am also very emotional. I have to say that I have always been like this. The expression of my feelings every day is something I always preferred, even to my family. Like my mother, I have always been Awo (first woman). I've been 43 years old.
Awo for 43 years until your death splits. What is your secret?
It is neither through the marabouts nor any occult power. Above all, be there for your husband and cultivate it. Love is the foundation of all unions, so you have to do the best to improve, while improving the other. It is clear that we can not miss a small escape to a couple, but for me, I even have a power. I talked it myself, effortlessly, to my husband. He was surprised every time I knew about it and I wondered how I had done. However, for me, the most important thing was to know the reasons that led him to do it. We discussed and found common ground. I think we have to take life lightly, not complicate things or stay there to see the little beast. The opposite creates a gap between the spouses and will make no difference. This is the way some people lose their love rather than live loudly. Whatever the problems that arise in front of me, I always manage to overcome them. In addition to this, you have to constantly challenge yourself. This must bear fruit.
These days, we have seen a wave of violence due to the problems of households. A woman put her apartment in the fire and her husband died after being mistreated, another villain blamed the woman her husband was about to get married. Both did not agree to have marital relationships. What do you think about these different news?
I was shocked to know that we could not control ourselves until we reached these extremes. This is just sad. When we love someone, we are necessarily jealous, but we need to know how to control ourselves. In Islam, men were given the opportunity to marry up to four women, so when this happens, you need to know how to accept it. It is necessary to communicate, because it is a debate that comes from the light. You can fix everything by playing a card at the table. When communication is missing in a couple or family, the door is open to failure. We are sheltering life for nothing. I do not forgive at all what happened …
What happens to the Bara Yégo company?
It's still here. It is there for the needs of those who want to shed. Very often young people who need our experience are calling us. Still, if Daouda Guissé needs us to play a piece he wrote, we will be able to do it. They may be the means to be missed. It has to be said that we also lost many comedians: Mame Seye, Serigne Fall, Thiam Dollar, Abdoulaye Ngom, El Hadj Mansour Seck. Nevertheless, with the last hits we had to do, we had strengthened the army. I know that Daouda Guissé (director of Bara Yeggo) wrote several scenarios that he left aside. He also has his job, but everyone believes that it would be good to reform the group. This group has revealed and allowed us to gain some reputation. We made a lot of advertising with this band and even managed to raise prices. We pushed the good seed, when people thought the theater was funny. Today, the situation has changed. We are leaders of public opinion, the leaders of this society who are going down. When you love and appreciate all aspects of society, you have to behave in an exemplary way.
Have you maintained relationships with the army actors?
Of course. I told you that when Ndioro Diop, an actor of the troupe, came back from Italy, he immediately came to see me. Saxon lives with me. It's like my pregnancy. I have relationships with Aloune Badara Golbert Diagne, the last Mame Seye. Some gave me the name of their children.
What do you think about the new wave of comedians?
It's good. The flowering of troops only strengthens the liveliness of culture in Senegal. I like to follow series such as "Idols", "Mbettel", "Pod and Marichou" etc … Almost all cities have their theater and young people thrive on it. But what I ask them to do is to make pieces that can send positive messages to this new generation and to those parents who do not know where to turn. The state must also help new cultural operators. Some have been able to find funding with Fopica, but much remains to be done.
We see great artists dying in full anguish. What do you think and what solutions do you recommend?
It hurts to see some artists die with uncertainty. And it is a phenomenon that we are witnessing more and more. At the state level, measures have been taken with the Mutuelle des artistes. Perhaps we must try to create structures to realize more chapters to support poor artists. Financial institutions may be sensitive to this.
Your message to Senegal?
Let everyone wonder what he can do for his country and take the reins of his life. It must start with respect for the society in which we live. More and more, we see people being separated, frightening every time through social networks. We need to be able to move forward and be over certain things. It would also be beneficial to practice Divine Commandments. From there, we will love each other more and live better moments under our sky …
MARIA DOMINI T. INTERIOR