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Scrapyard Anoumabo: An Ivory Coast businessman | Africa Direct

by Beckypublished on 31st January 2022

AFRICA DIRECT: African stories by African filmmakers. Perspectives from a diverse continent; storytelling in the hands of local talent.

Konaté Massioudou is a scrapyard trader in Ivory Coast, whose deafness neither defines nor deters him.

Konaté Massioudou repairs, rebuilds and sells some of the thousands of household items from Europe that get discarded and dumped every day in Anoumabo, a massive electronic waste scrapyard in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Always on the go, he fixes stoves, hustles for customers, negotiates deals and chats with his assistant – all using sign language.

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