1. Quick (but effective) introduction of the personage and her achievements?

My name is Bénédicte Kouakou or, if you will, Ahou l'Africaine (Ahou The African Chick, my blogger name).

Holding a Master's degree in Judicial Law obtained from the Catholic University of West Africa (UCAO), Ahou is passionate about digital communication and content writing. She worked as a Social Media Manager at YooMee, Bogolan Distribution (for the "Living Together" project) and RCG West Africa where she also worked as Communication and Event Assistant, on content writing and digital strategy development. Hence she has accrued 4 years of professional and corporate experience.

Unsatisfied with her "brief" internship in a law firm, and her 4 years of business experience, Ahou will combine her two passions, which are the Law and Digital Communication, by creating The Blog of Ahou The African Chick in May 2015... I have been fighting for what I wanted. I have not yet fully realized my ambitions so far, but for me, these have been great experiences.


2. What are your main goals in life?

My main goal is to see every African woman getting interested in their Rights, because very often they don't fight enough to claim those and prefer to settle for very little. My other goal is to see more women at school, and getting  involved in areas such as law, medicine, politics and whatnot; i.e. more women who do not restrict themselves. In my view, women are potentially able to do much more, beyond being a wife and a mother.

My project is to organise Masterclasses in order to educate women and teach them about their rights, and also to survey/address their specific legal needs.

I like to go beyond my limits, I like to be curious and try new things. I like loyalty and to stay true to myself. I like to believe in others because we all have talents. I plan to be a recognized blogger, and to participate in debates where Women Rights are a priority, and to make my blog a reference in women's empowerment.


3. What tools and techniques do you use to accomplish things efficiently?

My tool is my computer (I'm thinking of getting another one, most certainly a Mac) because it allows me to write most of my articles, my phone (I have to change it too lool), my mobile Wifi for connection, Canva (for my occasional visuals), a camera (that I would like to have lool)

Google helps me a lot (Google Drive, Gmail, Google Translate, Youtube, etc.)

Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) to be closer to my subscribers.

As for my methodology, I have a notebook where I list my pending tasks (along with their related deadlines), which I eliminate as and when they are completed.


4. Any recommendations for your juniors?

My recommendation is to believe in yourself and in what you do. To give oneself the means to realize their dreams.

There is a quote that I like: if life gives you lemons, make fresh lemonade!

My favorite book is the Bible. It is filled with messages of life that lift up the spirits for anyone who needs to refresh themselves. Also, "We are all feminists" of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I also read websites like Femme d'Influence Magazine, elle.fr, Aufeminin.com, and some other female motivation websites. I follow the blogger Fatou Ndiaye who is a beautiful inspiration, The chronicles of Sapitou, etc. I also listen to Zack Mwekassa. I follow many others, but well, I could not name them all.

I read various legal codes: criminal law, civil law and anything related to Law!


5. What is the best way to contact you?

You can reach me on most of my platforms

Website: www.ahoulafricaine.com

Email: ahoulafricaine@gmail.com

Social networks: TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn : Ahou L'Africaine



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