Ahmadou Kourouma is one of the most renowned authors writing in French. The notion of the authors writing in French is a new way of referring to the formerly known francophone literature. We address this issue shortly in the introduction of the paper before approaching the writings of Kourouma, a former mathematician and a literary autodidact. The literary style of Kourouma´s writing is seemingly that of a plain, documentary rendering of the African reality; nevertheless, the extra-literary reality is encoded into a multi-layered textual entity. One of these layers conveys the author´s ambiguous relation to the language of the ancient colonizers. While Kourouma deliberately chooses to write in French, he adjusts this, as he calls, “pale” and cold” language to better fit the African temperament. The aim of the paper is to show such double coding functions in the novel Allah ńest pas obligé (Allah is not obliged, 2000): the novel, depicting a story of the children soldiers, simultaneously probes the universal questions of the human existence and the portrayal thereof in the work of art.