Ras Sankara

Agboka Kossi Aféli, known as Ras Sankara, is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Togo. His practice is particularly rooted in street performance art. He is also involved as a visual artist, socio-cultural animator and arts event organizer.

At the beginning of 2015, he began performing in the street. An artist committed to socio-political issues, he expresses and denounces, through his body, the problems of his country and more broadly of the African continent, as well as the crises affecting the world. That same year, he founded the Cascad Togo Culture et Tourisme association. This association brings together artists and is also involved in social actions.

He carries the torch for performance art in his country. Ras Sankara exports his art to Benin, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. In 2017, he created the Emome'Art festival, Festival International d'Art de la Performance et d'Art Plastique.


The performance explores the theme of the wind of democracy that blew across Africa in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall, mainly in French-speaking Africa, where all peoples were clamoring for a multi-party system. The result, however, was bloody violence. Today, this wind of freedom is slow to blow over the people, but there is a toxic wind blowing, called "AYA dudu" in our Ewè language, which is the wind of misery. It's affecting the country, and the leaders don't care. The aim of this performance, staged in Togo's biggest market, is to get the message of the lowly people across to those in power, so that they take notice.