Victoire Bouna Gouloubi, 37 years old, is a Chef native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was just about twenty years old when she first arrived in Italy to study Law however, after not long she decided to dedicate her-self to her passion: cooking. She studied at length the Italian cuisine nonetheless, her interest for this profession began in Africa: “ I was the eighth of nineteen siblings, everyday my sisters and I took turns to cook for the whole family. In Africa my passion was born, in Italy it became my profession”. Currently she works and lives in Milan where she is able to express her-self through the flavours of the Italian culinary culture while always staying true to the scents of her land, Africa.
Padre Matthieu Silue, 40 years old, is a priest native of the Ivory Coast. Born in a Muslim family and after a lengthy academic journey, a philosophy and theology degree, he decides to wear the cassock. Regardless of the numerous difficulties faced, like his family’s opposition, Matthieu attains his wish and in 2010 arrives in Italy where he is appointed to the parish of Santa Croce in Milan.
Fatima Koanda, 27 years old, is an Italian model. Her family moved to Italy in the early 1980s to seek greater stability and security. Her father is a native of Burkina Faso and the mother of the Ivory Coast. Fatima was born in Bergamo where very soon the people noticed her beauty and began to parade and pose for photo shoots in the area. After that she moved to Milan to make her life and play the role of model in a professional manner, her dream is to become a top model.
Luloloko Mays, 40 years old, is an artisan originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo; initially a painter who with time grew closer to other artistic realities like fashion and dressmaking. He arrived in Italy in the year 2000 thanks to a scholarship promoted by the Italian Embassy that enabled him to move to Florence and start the Fine Art Academy there. The cultural ambience together with the artisanal mastery present in Florence allowed his artistic talents as a painter to develop and embrace the world of fashion. Luloloko has been living and working in Florence for twenty years now, he feels like an old foreigner that knows the ins and outs of the city. His competences and personal vison in the worlds of art and fashion enabled him to feel integrated.
Angelica Pesarini, 40 years old, is a sociology professor at the New York University of Florence. Born in Rome her cultural heritage is tied to the former Italian colonization in Eritrea and Somalia. After achieving her specialisation in London she is currently studying anthropology at the Sapienza University of Rome. Angelica is the first black professor of sociology in Italy and indeed the only one teaching a course on race: “Black Italia”.
Paolo Barros, 29 years old, is a 5 Star council member for the IX Borough of Rome with Guinean and Cape Verdean origins. Born and raised in Rome and has always been a civil rights activist, he manged to attain Italian citizenship after an exhausting bureaucratic battle. Indeed, choosing a political career was motivated by the desire to feel represented as well as his previous experience as worker for social causes. Paolo believes that cultural differences may be overcome by focusing on the aspects shared and not the ones that underline the differences.