She did the good days of comedy before they disappeared for a while. Recently she has returned on the small screen, through the series "Adja". Sequences that had the gift of throwing the theater lover in the 90's, where the trucker "Bara Yégo" made tobacco in the Senegalese households. "Note" makes the magic last and has found for you, Marie Madeleine Diallo, "Awo" by Golbert Diagne and the father of the deceased Mame Sèye. In this interview, she tells her long absence, the death of her mother and her husband, her career, among others …
For a while you've been away on stage. What does it explain?
It is true that I stayed for a while without being shown on screen until recently through the series Adja. Still, I had to play some sequences in a series like "C & est; est la vie" that shot in Joal. I also made a short film with Nicolas Sawalo Cisse, whose name is Blissi Ndiaye. But I have to say I was much more taken back. My mom and my husband were both suffering. I had to get out of stage to take care of them. Finally, my husband, 2014, my mom, shortly before. Since then, it's been a few times I've seen, it's during the Panal period.
You recently signed your comeback through the Adja series. How did you come to attend?
It was the young Pod who contacted me via an old friend, Thérèse Cisse, secretary of the governor of the day. She asked me if she could give him my number. What I accepted. He called me and said he was looking for a character that would play the role of Adja Mama in the series with the same name. He took the time to explain ins and outs and finally convinced me to join the series. To begin with, I was reluctant to start with such adventures, was not clear at all. He succeeded in our discussions. It must be said that I also found myself in the character and Adja, in the movie, is a copy of what I was, a wife who cares properly for her husband, her children, her home, very correct. Then I came to shoot in "Adja Thamkharit" and the producers asked me for other shots they will do soon.
What did you do to reconnect with the camera after this long absence?
It made me feel good to see myself playing again. Without throwing flowers on me there is always gesture and good presence. The proof, I had a lot of feedback via social networks, my friends and acquaintances called me from everywhere to congratulate and encourage me. They picked me up to say I'm old now and that I would give way to the younger ones and told me I always had my place. The good seed is there, but sometimes we have to see the old ones who did the beautiful days of this art. So I thought it would be nice to accept playing in the next episodes of "Adja".
Your recall was due to the loss of dear. How did you spend your time after childbirth?
Let's say that since 1999 I have a structure called Dialloré production, which I can handle. Often we do excursions, shows. I work with a director. I also work with many associations and young artists who will see me for small sequences in city movies. I lend them my character like a staircase and I am happy to help them get started. Apart from that, I stayed in France with my children and my siblings in Lyon.
To lose her mother and her husband at the same time, it must have been difficult for you …
I lived very hard. When my mother got sick, I took her home. She stayed there for one and a half years before he died. Besides, my husband was also the bedridder. Both needed my presence, even though there were intermediaries, family members, who helped me to encourage them. I have lived with my husband since I was 23 years old. We had 43 years of marriage before he died. We were big friends and quite accomplices. On the day of his death, he told him to leave. I asked him where? And he said to me, "You've understood everything and it's time for me to leave. I pissed off. You have to leave." I told him he would not leave and he had to stay by my side because he is the only one I know and I live with him for years. I was always in the hospitals either with him or with my mother. Therefore, it was difficult for me to think about myself or my career. At one point I was completely exhausted. It took me some health and I take care of myself. Some thought I was no longer in this world.
He thought you had a depressed period. Is this the reality?
Not in any case! It's just that the period after my husband's death let me go a little bit. When he lived, my first reflex was when I stood up to make me beautiful, to dress on the niona. When he left, I did not even carry earrings anymore. I gave myself body and soul to my husband, now that he is no longer from this world, I completely sanctify myself to God. I had the chance to go to Mecca in 1999 and since then I have tried to respect the rules of my religion. My husband also noticed that I had changed and that he had the impression of living with another person after my return from holy places.
Today, did you manage to calm down?
I mourned, despite myself. But in front of my room's door there is a picture of my husband, whom my daughter has written, telling me to say goodbye when I go out and greet him when I return. But we do it special when we have faith. We say this happens to everyone, even if we do not know the time or the moment. The only option is to pray for the rest of their souls. Since then, I have become more pious, my friends, my children are ashamed of me not to divorce me from my rosary.
What made you stand the test?
I am very family. I have very close ties with my parents. Their love allowed me to meet these trials. I am also very emotional. It has to be said that I have always been so. The expression of my feelings every day is something I have always privileged, even in my household. As my mother, I have always been Awo (first woman). I have been for 43 years.
Awo for 43 years until death separates you. What is your secret?
It is neither through marabouts nor any occult power. Above all, be there for your husband and grow it. Love is the foundation of all union, so you must do your best to improve while improving the other. It is clear that small escapades can not be missed in a couple, but for me I even made a strength. I discussed it personally, simply with my husband. He was surprised every time I knew about it and wondered how I had done. But for me it was most important to know the reasons that led him to do it. We discussed it and found common ground. I think we need to take life easy, do not complicate things or stay there to look for the little beast. The opposite creates a gap between the spouses and will not make any difference. This is how some people lack their love, rather than live it intensively. Any problems occur in front of me, I can always overcome them. In addition, you must constantly ask yourself. This is bound to bear fruit.
Today we have seen a violence search due to household problems. A woman put her apartment on fire and her husband died after breaking badly, another meatbone the woman her husband would marry. Both did not agree to have fellow men. What do you think of these different news?
I was shocked to know that we could not control us before we reached these extremes. This is simply regrettable. When we love someone, we are necessarily jealous, but we must know how to govern ourselves. In Islam, men have had the opportunity to marry up to four women, so when it happens you must know how to accept it. It is necessary to communicate, because there is discussion that runs the light. You can fix everything by playing cards on the table. When communication is missing in a couple or family, the door is open to failure. We kill life for nothing. I do not really tolerate what happened …
What happens to the Bara Yégo squad?
She's still here. She is there for the needs of those who want to throw. Often calls young people who need our expertise on us. But if Daouda Guissé needs us to play a game that he wrote, we will be able to do that. It may be the means that will be missing. It must be said that we have also lost many comedians: Mame Seye, Serigne Fall, Thiam Dollar, Abdoulaye Ngom, El Hadj Mansour Seck. Still, with the last casting we had to do, we had strengthened the squad. I know that Daouda Guissé (director of the Bara Yeggo squad) wrote several scenarios he set aside. He also has his own job, but everyone thinks it would be good for the group to reform. This group has revealed us and enabled us to acquire some fame. We did a lot of advertising with this band and we even managed to push up the prices. We sowed the good seed, at a time when people thought the theater was a joke. Today, the situation has changed. We are opinion leaders, actors in this society going downhill. When you are loved and appreciated by all sides of society, you must behave in an exemplary manner.
Have you maintained relationships with troops?
Of course. I told you that when Ndioro Diop, an actress actor, came back from Italy, she immediately came to see me. Soxna lives with me. It's like my adopted daughter. I have relations with Alioune Badara Golbert Diagne, the late Mame Seye. Some gave me their children's name.
What do you think about the new wave of comedian?
That's a good thing. Blossoming of troops only reinforces the vitality of life in Senegal. I like to follow comics like "Idols", "Mbettel", "Pod and Marichou" etc … Almost all cities have their theater group and young people enjoy it. But what I ask them is to make pieces that can convey positive messages to the young generation and to the parents who do not know where to turn. The state also needs to help young cultural actors. Some have been able to find funding, with Fopica, but much remains to be done.
We see big artists die in total distress. What do you think and what solutions do you recommend?
It hurts to see some artists die in insecurity. And that's a phenomenon we witness more and more. At state level action has been taken with Mutuelle des artistes. Perhaps we must try to set up structures to coordinate more funds to support ill artists. Financial organizations may be sensitive to this.
Your message to Senegalese?
Let everyone care about asking what he can do for his country and taking the intestines in his life. It must begin with respect for the society in which we live. More and more, we see that people tear apart and challenge insults at every turn through social networks. We must be able to go above and beyond certain things. It would also be useful to practice the divine commandments. From there we will love each other more and we will live better moments during our skiing …
MARIA DOMINICA T. DIEDHIOU