The story of Anka Elevation can’t be told separately from its founder’s story.
My name is Aouicha Traoré. I have worked for more than 20 years in the insurance industry, in various positions (contractual, business development, consulting and finally project management).
In the meantime, I have always been interested in and passionate about writing. As far as I can remember, writing has always been a cornerstone of my life. It certainly runs in the family because my father, who was a teacher, also chose writing as a means of expression and activism.
My personal story is as rich as my professional background. This richness mainly comes from my origins. I’m French, originally from Mali and Algeria. I was born in France and lived my childhood and teenage years in Algeria.
My passion for writing grew when I became a mother for the first time in 2007. Today, I’m the mother of 3 children.
Besides, having been part of parent-teacher associations for many years, I have always been interested in children’s well-being. This well-being can’t be isolated from the self-esteem and confidence that the child needs to thrive and books are a powerful tool to achieve this goal.
As a mother, I quickly had to deal with, like many other parents from different backgrounds, the lack of representations and especially of positive ones in children’s books.
Today, through Anka Elevation, I want to contribute as an author and editor by offering children characters that look like them and are a positive representation of them Stories that reflect today’s society in which they live with a different narrative.
The book is a powerful tool for education and elevation so let’s elevate together.