The first African and Black winner of the 'Nobel prize for architecture' receives a hero's welcome

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the first African and Black winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Image: REUTERS/Anne Mimault

Thiam Ndiaga

Writer, Freelance

Anne Mimault

Writer, Freelance


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Francis Kéré attends a ceremony that was held by traditional leaders to honour his achievements. Image: REUTERS/Anne Mimault
Francis Kéré poses for a photograph in his house with his father's and his daughter's pictures. Image: REUTERS/Anne Mimault
Students attend their final exam at the secondary school that was built by Francis Kéré in Gando. Image: REUTERS/Anne Mimault

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Girls study for their final exam as they sit in front of the library that was built by Francis Kéré in Gando. Image: REUTERS/Anne Mimault

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