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From podiums to gold mines and diamonds, the fabulous destiny of Tiguidanké Camara

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 Tiguidanké Camara is the first woman to own a mine in West Africa. Zoom on an atypical course. She traded evening gowns and heels against a blouse and construction boots. The Guinean Tiguidanké Camara has gone from the luxury of the podiums to the mud of the mines, becoming the first woman to own a mining company in West Africa. In Guingouiné, a small forestry village in the 18 Mountains of the West of the Ivory Coast, she leads a team of ten people – geologists and miners – who prospect the soil for gold and descend in a muddy pool to extract samples for the research laboratory. “I am the answer to the question” “When I was a model, I paraded for jewelers. They have licenses in Africa that supplies them with their precious stones,” explains, in the midst of midges, this forty-year-old. These parades for jewelers “awakened her curiosity”. “What if Africans took over the business of the mining sector?” She asked. “I am the answer to the question,” asserts the woman that Jeune Afrique has placed among “The 50 most influential businesswomen of Francophone Africa”. She made the front cover of Forbes Afrique 37th issue last September. “I had to show off my CEO badge” Taking advantage of her father’s (a former administrator) contacts in her country of birth, Guinea, Tiguidanké Camara launched the Tigui Mining Group in 2010 and acquired two gold and diamond mining licenses.  Over, the years on the catwalk or promoting large luxury homes.  In 2016, she received a gold exploration and prospecting permit in Côte d’Ivoire, now her base in West Africa.  “I own a mining company 100%,” said the company owner proudly. Her physique has often led her male counterparts to ask her, “You are the assistant of whom?” She says. “Enough, I was forced one day to show off my CEO badge.” “Happiness” In Guingouiné, we dream of great changes that could benefit the village if the site was indeed rich in gold and a mine was dug. “We lack everything,” says the village chief, Alphonse Doh. The school is a hut without electricity and the first health center is located 10 kilometers from the village. For him, the installation of a mine would transform the life of a thousand inhabitants. After all, in the local Yacouba language, Guingouiné means happiness. Source: AFP