A Mission To Civilise

Ofeibea Quist-arcton explores the secretive ties that bind France to her former colonies in Africa.


01Gabon - The Oil-rigged State.1998121519981220

For the past 30 years, Gabon has been ruled by Omar Bongo.

Known as `Africa's Kuwait', this tiny country has huge mineral resources, yet the majority of the population lives in poverty.

02 LASTSenegal - The Cultural Revolution1998122219981227

Senegal was once France's first colony in Africa.

This programme examines the French cultural legacy in Africa and asks why more and more Senegalese seem to be turning their backs on Paris.