Alice Gbelia, Founder of Ayoka Deco

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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. 

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
— Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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


Check out Ayoka Deco and connect with the brand on Instagram.