Portrait - Wessira


Faced with a shortage of arable lands in the village, Wessira Bakpena’s parents were forced to immigrate to Ghana where she was born in 1968 in a family of 9 children. She dropped out of the school at the end of fifth grade aged 17 to move back to Togo and get married. Yet it wasn’t until 1999 that she returned to Baga.

Married twice, she’s been able to employ the techniques she learned at the CIDAP in collaboration with other women, to support her 7 children. In 2008 Séda advises her to leave the Bakoté federation to focus on caring for her very young children. “Even though I’m no longer part of the movement, I’m still a Bakoté woman: my life has been forever changed and I still use the knowhow I acquired in the movement.”

Fantastic cinematography

- London Institute of Contemporary Art cinema