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Who is Marie Emmanuelle Kouadio

My humble contribution to the project was to ensure that Akiya’a’s message kept the same meaning when translated in other languages. The worldwide mission of Akiya’a made having its content in English (to begin with) crucial. - Marie Emmanuelle Who is Marie Emmanuelle...

Testimonials : I know who I am and live it well

Soukeïna Koné I am of Ivorian and Korean descents but I have the French nationality. We have all felt the need to be part of something. I never wondered about where I belong before having to face the stares and curiosity of others: "Where are...

The interview of Andie Oxybel

Culture, diversity, women, human rights, travels… These are words that represent me the most. I like reading and I’m very interested by nature. I like when people around me talk about their origins and experiences. I bring my culture and diversity at Ayika’a with my...

Who is Yasmine Tondo ?

Nice to meet you, my name is Yasmine. 21 years, passionate about fashion and especially writing, I embark on this adventure that I like will benefit everyone. - Yasmine Yasmine, can you introduce yourself ? My name is Yasmine Tondo, a 21 year old student, photography...

Naomi and Sephora give us their testimonies

Naomi Zaou  Naomi Zaou, I am 20 years old, I am 1m85 tall, I was always known as the "giraffe" in my primary school. It is true that being 1m70 in second grade did not help. I have been in France for a few months; I am the daughter of a Guyanese...

The day I became Biracial

Partie 2 : To be biracial I am never tire of remarking how difficult it is for people to grasp biraciality. For them, it is simply a biological phenomenon due to the mixing of two people of different “races” and nothing more. One of the most common...

Testimonials : Kiara & Andréa

Kiara My name is Kiara Dos Santos; I am a mixed-race woman with a Franco-American mother and a Beninese and Congolese father. I have always known a multicultural environment thanks to my parents. As for skin color, I have never claimed to be...

HAIR (HER) STORY – PART 2

When the education system passes on self-hatred Last week, I was telling you about how the society deals with hair here. This is the 2nd part of the story.  In order to illustrate the importance of hair in some societies and especially in Africa, I am...

HAIR (HER) STORY

As far as I can remember, I cannot seem to recall having problems accepting my hair (which is not necessarily the case for all my friends). Maybe because I am mixed-raced and that I grew up in Ivory Coast for over half of my life. Like in most African...

Black is just a word

Introduction to General Culture In my opinion, the melanin percentage in one's skin should not be a selection criterion. Not to say it isn't normal to choose a specific type of model for a precise campaign or according to the target audience. However, when...

Communitarianism in France

Communitarianism in France : a difficult equation A question has been running through my mind for some time. In France, when non-white people gather for a common action, they are systematically accused of communitarianism. Meanwhile, white people are...

Natural hair : journey to self acceptance

DISCOVER SANDRA KOUA'S STORY I am a young girl whose parents are Ivorian. I was born and I grew up in Ivory Coast until I graduated Highschool in 2015. Since the beginning of the academic year, I have lived between Paris for my studies and Abidjan where I spend uni...

Inside the backstage

â—Š International Fashion : A few days ago I was talking about fashion in france; today I would like to talk about fashion at an international level. This is no secret that the number of Black, Indian and Mixed women in the fashion industry remains a...

The motivations of Ayika’a

1 - The beginning  To understand what pushed me to found this project, I am not going to share with you my career, but the feelings, the observations and the story I have lived during my beginning in the fashion industry. During these two years and even before, when I...

The interview of Philipe Niamien

Playing around with art and digital tools to represent the beauty of those forgotten women. His passion for drawings allowed him to portray black and mixed-raced women through digital format while letting his audience relate to his personal artistic technique....

Safia anwsers to our questions

My main mission was to give a more political and societal aspect to the Ayika’a project. Indeed, Ayika’a isn't simply a project which aims at promoting black and mixed-race women’s beauty in the fashion world, it also aims at questioning and challenging our society to...

Find out about JĂ©rĂ´me Jack

Taking pictures of professional and amateur models is a very delicate thing to do. Indeed, professional are used to cameras so being on a photo shoot set is a second nature. As for the models, they have to feel comfortable so that they can bring out the extraordinary...

The interview of Raïssa Gbakatchétché

My mission is to extend the visibility of Ayika’a and to keep the visitors on the go through social media. I had to create digital contents in order to attract the attention of our followers and to make them interact with this project. - Raïssa Gbakatchétché Who are...

The interview of Jessica Crater

I was here to help our models look their best and feel more confident, the makeup is important in a photoshoot. It was a pleasure to help create these beautiful pictures. - Jessica Crater Jessica, can you introduce yourself ? I'm a makeup artist and manicurist. I have...

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