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Cecile Fakhoury

Cecile Fakhoury left France to settle in Côte d'Ivoire for personal reasons. She worked at the time in Gallery, Maison de vente in Paris. Wh...
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Cecile Fakhoury</strong></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> left France to settle in Côte d'Ivoire for personal reasons. She worked at the time in Gallery, Maison de vente in Paris. When she arrived to Abidjan, she decided to create a structure because she could not find work in the field of contemporary arts. She created a commercial structure as she knew in Europe and she named it : Galerie Cécile Fakhoury. This kind of structure did not exist in Côte d'Ivoire and was a opportunity for her in the ivorian context of the end of socio-political crisis. Bearing in mind that Côte d'Ivoire had experienced a flourishing artistic scene and that we could build on this base to build something. Galerie Cecile Fakhoury opened in September 2012 with the aim of positioning itself in the international market.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">After the opening in 2012, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury was able to participate in October 2013 in the 1: 54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London which allowed Cecile Fakhoury to connect to an international market with many meetings with foundations, museums, collections that have nevertheless participated in the visibility of the work of the Gallery.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">Cecile Fakhoury has benefited from a good timing, but above all a good intuition since she has always looked at Côte d'Ivoire as a good platform. She kept in mind this vision based on the memories told by the Ivorians on the Ivorian arts and cultural scene. So she chose Côte d'Ivoire because the potential of Abidjan was strong.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">Today the Galerie Cecile Fakhoury continues its development although it is not always easy. But Cecile Fakhoury appreciates the bubbling of the local art scene as a good way to challenge herself.</span></span></p>
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Thierry Dia

In charge of public relations in an head public structure of Coffee and Cocoa, Thierry Dia, passionate about Arts, have more than 15 years in the prom...
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">In charge of public relations in an head public structure of Coffee and Cocoa, </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Thierry Dia, passionate about Arts, have more than 15 years in the promotion of young talents.</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> Computer engineer by profession, he later became with modules and courses in charge of Public Relations. As a young art lover, he discovered the situation of young artists who have graduated from ENAB, INSAAC with the DESA / AP (BAC + 4 level) and realized that there is a pool of talent that can be little or badly valued. He then undertaked to take up the challenge by launching the Galerie Houkami Guyzagn in July 2001, located at II Plateaux, Les Vallons, not far from Cité Lemania.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">In these continuities, he launched the Concours des Guyzagn, an art comptetition sanctioned by the Grand Prix Guy Nairay. This biennial competition of visual arts, open to sculptors, photographers and painters, aims to reveal young talents and promote them.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">More recently (in 2015), Thierry Dia moved his premises of II Plateaux to Riviera Bonoumin. A new place, more spacious, more artsy and with the image of the spirit of creativity that reigns in the Galerie Houkami Guyzagn. </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>This residence is the result of Thierry Dia's ambition to promote young Ivorian talents outside national borders and foreign artists in Côte d'Ivoire in order to create a real synergy between artists.</strong></span></p>
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Paola Audrey

Paola Audrey Ndengue is a French - Cameroonian entrepreneur, consultant and editorialist who is extremely involved in the promotion and development of...
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Paola Audrey Ndengue is a French - Cameroonian entrepreneur, consultant and editorialist who is extremely involved in the promotion and development of creative industries in Africa.</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> Born in Douala, where she lived until her twelfth year before settling in the Paris region, she has a very rich background that allows her today to be a key player in the musical and especially urban african culture.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">After a literary baccalaureate, she joined the preparatory classes Khâgne Hypokhâgne at the Lycée Henri IV in Paris and co-founded, at the same time, </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>FASHIZBLACK, which is now one of the leading Afro-Caribbean-French media in Fashion.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">His rich profile was built internationally and her dynamism and hard work were rewarded in 2014 with publications, mentions and interviews in magazines, press and international medias. In September 2014, she was nominated in the "</span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Entrepreneur of the Year</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">" category by the </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>CNBC AFRICA</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> business information channel for AABLA 2014.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">At the same time, in 2013 she founded PANELLE & Co, her creative agency dedicated to Africa. She accompanies </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Stanley Enow</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> (winner of the </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>MTV Africa</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> Music Awards 2014) or </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>KIFF NO BEAT</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">, the leading group of the Côte d'Ivoire Hip Hop.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">Since 2014, she has been based in Abidjan where she first worked for the </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>MW-DDB</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> group and for </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>VOODOO</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> communication group before starting her own business.</span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif">At only 27 years old, </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><strong>Paola Audrey Ndengue works on several audiovisual projects and continues to invest daily in the promotion and development of creative industries in Africa.</strong></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> She is also regularly asked to lead panels on the professions of fashion, music or digital communication.</span></p>
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Andéwolé Faladé

Andéwolé Faladé studied LLCE (Letters, Languages, Foreign Civilizations) at the Sorbonne in 2008 sanctionned with a Master 2 spec...
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>Andéwolé Faladé</strong></span></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"> studied LLCE (Letters, Languages, Foreign Civilizations) at the Sorbonne in 2008 sanctionned with a Master 2 specialization in translation and then obtained a Master's degree in French Literature at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) in 2009. She is an independent translator and interpreter in French / English - English /French and she also teaches both languages. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>Her interest in the cultural field began in Chicago when she was responsible for promoting Francophone culture at Multilingual Chicago</strong></span></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium">, a language and cultural center. She attached great importance to the different facets of modern Africa.</span></span></span></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium">Back in Cotonou in 2012 after 10 years abroad, she settled as an independent professional. And during her free time, she slowly began to get involved in the artistic and cultural life of Cotonou and Benin through the organization of events (music festivals, exhibitions, assistant director / director ...).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>In 2015, she became the President of the MEWI-HONTO Association: Au seuil du peuple noir</strong></span></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium">, for which she was a member since 2008. Thanks to her members, she continued to perpetuate the vision of Max FALADE, its founder: were we really before Western penetration? How was our society organized, what was our way of life, of thinking ... </span></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>This association whose objective is to collect, preserve and promote the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Benin through the production of documentary films and also a monthly cultural programs</strong></span></span></span><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"> named "My Heritage My Wealth" which is broadcasted on the national television channel the Office of Broadcasting and Television of Benin (ORTB).</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="color:#444444"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>A meticulous work to allow the transmission of the knowledge and the traditions to the greatest number in a country where the oral tradition is still the privileged voice of transmissions.</strong></span></span></span></span></span></p>
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Jeremie Kroubo Dagnini

French - Ivorian PhD in Anglophone Studies since 2010 from Michel de Montaigne University of Bordeaux 3 and specialist of Jamaican music, Jeremie Krou...
<p style="text-align:left"><span style="font-family:Times,serif"><span style="font-size:small"><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong>French - Ivorian PhD in Anglophone Studies since 2010 from Michel de Montaigne University of Bordeaux 3 and specialist of Jamaican music, Jeremie Kroubo Dagnini is currently associate researcher at the Center for Contemporary Political Studies at the University of Orleans</strong></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium">.</span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><strong> In parallel, he is professor of English, writer, speaker, translator, director of works </strong></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium">(at Camion Blanc) etc. He is the author of many books including </span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><em>Vibrations jamaïcaines. L’Histoire des musiques populaires jamaïcaines au XXe siècle</em></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"> (2011, Camion Blanc) and </span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><em>Bob Marley & the Wailers</em></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"> </span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><em>1973-1976</em></span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"> (2013, Camion Blanc) co-wrote with Lee Jaffe and more recently</span></span><span style="font-family:Arial,serif"><span style="font-size:medium"><em> Musiques noires. L’Histoire d’une résistance sonore.</em></span></span></span></span></p>
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