Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian press Wednesday paid tribute to the former culture minister, Bernard Zadi Zaourou, who died Tuesday of heart complications.
The government daily "Fraternité Matin" devoted two pages to him, highlighting that Zaourou was a "learned man, deeply-rooted in African values and open to the rest of the world".
He was "a Master and a Star", said the Fraternite Matin.
"Le Patriote" said Zaourou's death was indeed "a sad news for the Ivorian academic and artistic world".
"With his demise, Côte d'Ivoire has lost a monument", the daily added.
According to "Le Nouveau Réveil", "The Ivorian nation yesterday (Tuesday) lost a great man; a dignified son and big state servant."
And the "Soir Info" wrote: "Bernard Zadi Zaourou was a hero of the academic world and Ivorian culture, and then an eminent writer".
-0- PANA BAL/AAS/IBA/PAP/VAO 21March2012