The famous Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango, was named this September 8, 2015 Great Witness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016. His appointment was made by through a statement issued the same day by the General Secretary of the Francophonie.“Sensitive to his immense creativity, to his listening quality and its commitment to the dialogue of cultures, according to the recommendations of the Francophonie, Manu Dibango will ensure respect for the rule of 23 the Olympic Charter under which French is, alongside English, the official language of the Olympics “.
He will accompany the cultural and event initiatives to promote young sports talents and Francophone cultural diversity “, the statement said. Manu Dibango becomes the 7th Great Witness of La Francophonie. He succeeds prestigious personalities like Hélène Carrère d’Encausse (Games of Sochi 2014), Permanent Secretary of the French Academy, Michaëlle Jean (London 2012), current Secretary General of the Francophonie and former Governor General of Canada, Pascal Couchepin ( Vancouver 2010), former President of the Swiss Confederation, Jean-Pierre Raffarin (Beijing 2008), former French Prime Minister, Lise Bissonnette (Turin 2006), journalist, writer and Quebec director, and finally Hervé Bourges (Athens 2004) journalist and former boss in the French media.