Il quitte son pays à vingt-deux ans pour poursuivre ses études en France et soigner ses yeux fragiles. En , encouragé par Mireille il rentre au fameux Petit Conservatoire de la chanson. Il mène alors en parallèle ses études de psychologie et le début de sa carrière artistique. Pierre Akendengué fait la rencontre de Pierre Barouh et signe sur le label Saravah où sort en son premier disque Nandipo.
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In , he received his country's "Prix d'excellence" at the Africa Music awards in Libreville, honoring his body of work. He also serves as a cultural advisor for the government of Gabon.
There he settled in Orléans and later, Paris , where he took a degree in psychology and sought treatment for his poor eyesight. It was during his student days that he first became interested in a musical career, enrolling at the famous Petit Conservatoire de la Chanson in He flourished as a singer, coming in third in La fine fleur de la chanson, a national song contest.
In , he made his French recording debut, Nandipo, an evocative meditation on his childhood in Africa, which established him as a protest singer inveighing against colonialism and neo-colonialism.
This album was followed in by Africa Obota, which took home he "Prix de la jeune chanson française" at the Midem conference in Cannes. But while Akendengué's European career began to take off, his visibility back home in Gabon began to suffer, as he could no longer afford to return home to perform on a regular basis.
By the late '70s, Akendengué was frustrated with being pigeonholed as merely a protest singer and begin to focus more on composing and instrumental arrangements. In he also founded his own label, Ntche Homeland , and began to focus on behind-the-scenes aspects of the business and developing young new artists.
But the label went under in after releasing only three albums. Released in , the album was produced by French visionary Hugues de Courson and featured over thirty session musicians and some of Akendengué's most incendiary lyrics to date sung entirely in the Myéné language of Gabon. When he was in his twenties he came to France to study literature and psychology.
During this time he was confronted with quickly deteriorating eyesight which eventually led to his blindness. After his studies in Orléans, Caen, and Paris, he shortly returned to Gabon, but due to his critical attitude towards the Gabonese government, he was forced into exile to France in the beginning of the '70s.
In he released his debut Nandipo, which solidly established his reputation as a witty songwriter with philosophical depth. Since then, he has released a steady stream of excellent recordings: His third album, Eseringuila, released in , won him the Maraccas d'Or award as Best African Record in His release Piroguier is considered to be a classic of African music.