(**) “Our ancestors the Gauls”:
The word “Gauls” (“Gaulish” being the adjective form) refers to the human groups that populated Western Europe (Gaul as defined by Julius Caesar) during ancient times (prehistory).
The expression “Our ancestors the Gauls” dates back to the 19th century and refers to the Gallic lineage of the French population (and by extension the populations of the countries colonized by France as a result of its policy of assimilation).
The singer Henri Salvador laughed when a mixed-race child living in the West Indies, one of his teachers told him about “Our ancestors the Gauls”.
Yet again in 1958, he laughed about it as he was composing a piece of music and talking to his friend Boris Vian (French lyricist and musician) who wrote the lyrics to the song “Faut rigoler” [“Someone has to laugh”].
Henri Salvador was a mixed-race man, hailing from the West Indies (a group of islands annexed by France).
West Indies has a varied population (but mixed-race people and those hailing from Africa represent the majority in this variety).
It is the name of Lorenzo Tonti – a banker from Naples founder of the concept – from which the word “tontine” originated.
Basically, tontine is made up of a group of individuals who invest equally in a financially profitable activity, to then receive dividends from their shares.
There are three forms of tontines:
– Financial tontine
– Real estate/property tontine
– Tontine associations (this is the form of tontine that exists in most African countries).
“BALLE A TERRE”: The family magazine that leads you on a fun journey through African cultures.
“BALLE À TERRE” IS A FAMILY MAGAZINE THAT REMINDS US THROUGH FUN LEARNING OF AFRICAN CUSTOMS AND HABITS, THE KEY POSITION THAT CHILDREN HOLD (OR SHOULD HOLD) IN ALL FAMILIES IN COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD.
The translation of the magazine into different African languages (or other continents) will be done as demanded by the public.
“Children of African descent need heroes who resemble them and with whom they can identify so as to be able to build their identity serenely … Heroes who will help them gain self-confidence, and whom they will be proud to tell the fantastic stories to their comrades in the playgrounds… ”
“IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR CHILDREN TO DREAM … SO AS TO DEVELOP THEIR IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY, SELF-CONFIDENCE …”
Mutual aid, participation, solidarity, the pooling of skills and multiple intelligence are the key words for the team, in the search for a common interest – the transmission of knowledge for the well-being and development of future generations …