Alice Gbelia, Founder of Ayoka Deco
Born in Chad and raised in Abidjan and Lille and currently living in Zurich, Alice Gbelia is a lover of arts, culture and entertainment and the founder of Ayoka Deco.
Ayoka meaning ‘welcome’ in Alice’s Ivorian native tongue, Ayoka Deco is an e-commerce platform that promotes the creative work of black artists, enabling them to make money off their art through the sale of wall art, stationery, phone accessories and t-shirts.
Get to know Alice in her own words, through the following statements.
I am... a late bloomer
I revel in... learning. My mind is constantly hungry for new things
My work / creativity enables me to... explore my love for black culture
I nurture and protect my state of mind / way of being by... expressing gratitude and practicing positivity. I try to see the good in every situation
Self expression is... essential. Bring your full self to the table
Creativity is... watching, observing and making connections
I aspire to... live my life fully and freely
I am grateful for... this life and the people that I get to meet along the journey
An affirmation... If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough