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Cindy Impose Her Style

Hola! For those who don't know me yet, I am Cindy Babin, French-Ivorian professional model and President of Ayika'a. I am 25 years old and I live in New York, where I have been working for a few months now. When working on the project "IMPOSE YOUR STYLE",...

Nana and Flora in front of the eyes of the world

Nana Kadidia Traore Hello; my name is Nana Kadidia Traore, I am of Malian Peul and Bambara origin. I was born in Bamako and arrived in France at the age of 11. Since then, I have thought quite a bit about my future in terms of stereotypes and...

Reflection on cultural appropriation

Appropriation Let’s take it the other way : I am a celebrity whom skin colour is a clear indicator that I am classified in the so-called visible minorities, and I proudly claim to be the creator of one of the famous french recipes with an embedded historical...

On the way to the Caribbean with Andie !

At multiple occasions, I was asked to explain what The Caribbean was, which I did. Then, I noticed that people found the term “Caribbean” complex, even me. In fact, it is an area of which limitations are still blurred and definition very diverse. As a Caribbean, I...

“I WANT MY WHITE MAN..!”

“White men know how to love…” “Black men are too complicated…” “Mixed-race people prefer staying in their circle. They are racist when it comes to love… ” “When you go black, you never go back…” … Right now, you are certainly wondering: where are those sentences from?...

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...

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