Ivory Coast: Death at 57 of Soum Saint-Félix, a loss for the Ivorian audiovisual landscape

Ivory Coast: Death at 57 of Soum Saint-Félix, a loss for the Ivorian audiovisual landscape
Ivory Coast: Death at 57 of Soum Saint-Félix, a loss for the Ivorian audiovisual landscape
© Koaci.com – Wednesday May 22, 2024 – 09:09

Soum Saint Felix

The world of Ivorian media is in mourning. On Tuesday May 21, 2024, Soumahoro Ahmed, better known as Soum Saint-Félix, died at the age of 57 following a pulmonary embolism at the Villeneuve-Saint-Georges hospital in France. Former emblematic host of Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), Soum Saint-Félix had been living between Paris and Orléans for several years.

This death comes only 14 days after the sudden loss of the host and columnist of La 3, Marie-Dominique Kacou, another hard blow for the Maison Bleue in Cocody. The announcement of the death of Soum Saint-Félix caused a shock wave among his friends, his colleagues and the many viewers who followed him during his career.

Soum Saint-Félix left his mark on the Ivorian audiovisual sector for 22 years. He has hosted and produced several emissions at the RTI, significantly contributing to shaping the country’s television landscape. As former President of the Board of Directors of the Union of Media Professionals of Côte d’Ivoire (UPMCI) and former Program Director of the TV2 channel (today RTI2), he played a key role in the evolution of the media sector in Côte d’Ivoire.

Soum Saint-Félix had spoken about his health problems in an interview, explaining that he had to leave the RTI for medical reasons. “I fell ill on January 12, 2010. I worked for three years on theemission ‘Morning Happiness’. I think I exhausted my strength because it was a emission morning which required a lot of preparation. You leave there at 7 p.m. and return at 5 a.m.,” he confided.

Apart from his professional activities, Soum Saint-Felix was also an evangelical servant of God. He devoted himself to preaching and touched many lives through his ministry.

The announcement of his death quickly circulated on social networks, sparking strong emotion and an avalanche of tributes from those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. His absence leaves a great void in the hearts of those close to him and in the Ivorian media landscape.

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