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Eliacin Francois (1841-1878)

  Eliacin Francois (1841-1878) Mayor of Port Louis from 1868 to 1869 Eliacin Francois was a Creole entrepreneur and a successful businessman. His election as municipal councillor following on from Hyppolite Lemière was a landmark in official recognition of the contribution of the coloured class of Creoles. Eliacin Francois was a regular contributor to “La Sentinelle” which he eventually purchased and...

Is Paul Lemiere the real owner of the Chagos archi...

Is Paul Lemiere the real owner of the Chagos archipelago?! Paul Lemiere is one of the heirs of Joseph Hippolyte Le Miere, the jouissance holder and later the rightful owner of virtually all of the outer islands of Chagos according to a contract signed by a former Governor of Mauritius, Sir Henry Barclay in the name of the then late British Sovereign Queen Victoria. The documents – an extract of that assigning...

Anjalay Devi Coopen

Anjalay Devi Coopen, also known as Anjalay Tassalam Twakaran, is a famous name in Mauritius because as a 48 year old pregnant labourer, she was shot by the police on 27 September, 1943, reportedly during a religious ceremony at a baitka held at Belle Vue Harel, at a time when there was general unrest on sugar estates and protests against working and living conditions.  A statue of her can be seen at the Aapravasi Ghat in...

Taekwondo : Charlene Mongelard

Charlene Mongelard, who is well-known in the Taekwondo community in the UK, has won so many championships and competitions that her room at home is packed with trophies, shields and medals. Charlene started practising Taekwondo as soon as she was able to walk; her father, who was also her coach, trained her from a very young age. Charlene reached the level of 1st Dan Black Belt while still a junior – quite an achievement....

Sega ‘La Natir': Didier Clarel

  Didier Clarel, professional singer and songwriter, whose album ‘Trape Trape’ earnt him deserved recognition both at home and abroad, has released a second album entitled ‘Tansanala’. This album is also proving successful. It features a new version of ‘Cecilia’, the only song from his first album, with acoustic guitar and harmonica. Recently Agape Production has produced a new video of the song ‘La...