The FRANCE 24 Observers' website is gearing up for a big celebration in December to mark its 10th anniversary. In recognition of the occasion we're interviewing some of our most dedicated global contributors, without whom our site simply wouldn't exist. In the first of our series of profiles we talk to Boursier Tchibinda, a Gabonese activist who’s played an important role in helping us tell stories from Gabon.
Boursier Tchibinda is 32 and lives in Libreville, the Gabonese capital. He’s been an Observer since 2009 and, during those years, has offered us invaluable insights into daily life in Gabon.
Back in 2012 Tchibinda, a staunch football fan, joined forces with the FRANCE 24 Observers team to help cover the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which was held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea that year. He was a key member in “CanTalk”, a participatory media project created especially for the games.
More recently, Tchibinda helped us cover the Gabonese presidential elections by flagging numerous and interesting amateur images and by helping our team to verify their sources.
When Tchibinda visited our offices in Paris we took the opportunity to ask him about his collaboration with FRANCE 24. Here, he recounts his highlights as an Observer and offers a glimpse of what he’s up to now.