Ombr Blanche (Burkina Faso)

Apollinaire Ouedraogo, who goes by the stage name Ombr BlanchE, is a slam poet/teacher/media presenter from Burkina Faso (West Africa). As a rapper of the 90s, he fell in love with slam in 2006 and went on to release his debut slam album of French speaking countries titled Existence Virtuelle meaning ‘Virtual Existence’. According to Ombr, a human being’s life is 99% invisible – all the things we realise are an imagination, then a thought before becoming realistic and visible. He goes further by suggesting that we need the invisible world to be able to act and achieve into the visible one. 

Ombr Blanche has participated in several festivals and coached over 140  slam poets all over the African continent (Burkina Faso, Chad, Togo, and Niger etc.). He is the Director of 100% slam de ‘PLUOUI- DE-MO’ festival that takes place every year in Burkina Faso. 

Ombr Blanche supports artistic creation through the Institute of Audiovisual Production and Entertainment that he established in his country. For him, every human being has to be pushed by another in order to fulfill their full potential; we simply need each other in this world and we have to give each other the chance to celebrate through the power of words the greatest gift that we have all been given, which is life.