Writer, professor, and painter: Véronique Tadjo was born in Paris, but completed most of her studies in Côte d’Ivoire, before pursuing advanced degrees in African-American literature and studies in both France and the United States. Her prolific writing includes novels, collections of poetry, and stories for children, which she illustrates herself. She began teaching at the Lycée Moderne in Korhogo, before moving to the Université d’Abidjan and later to the University of Witswatersrand, in Johannesberg, South Africa, where she was the head of the French department from 2007 to 2015.