Credit: Jualynne Dodson

Like many expats in Luxembourg, when Djulia Diop-Diatta is asked where she is from, she doesn’t have a simple answer. She hails from Senegal, although she grew up in Ivory Coast. She completed her studies in France, but has called the Grand Duchy home since 2007. As excited as she is about living in such a multicultural place like Luxembourg, she is also thrilled to show locals more about African culture: that’s why she got involved with Luxembourg’s first-ever Lux African market last weekend.

What I like here is that everyone is living together with different roots and culture: we have a common base but can find diversity.”

AfroliaTwo years ago she decided to launch her own business, Afrolia, after realizing there was a gap in the market for African art. Afrolia now sells a range of handmade goods, from woven baskets to colourful bead necklaces and clutches. It was one of over 25 stands present at the Lux African market.

“The necklaces I sell show the history between Africa and Europe. Beads were made in Italy in the 19th century and were used during colonization as currency between Europe and Africa. Beads are truly witnesses to history.”

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