Diébédo Francis Kéré: The first African to win architecture's top award

FRANCIS KÉRÉ
FRANCIS KÉRÉ

Burkino Faso-born architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, has become the first African to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. His highly esteemed work, including permanent and temporary structures, has been erected in his country of birth, but also across Africa, Europe and the United States.

Mr Kéré, 56, was elated to receive what is considered architecture's most renowned award, describing himself as the "happiest man on the planet".

But his decades-long journey to the top of his field was far from straightforward, with limited opportunities in his village.

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