CEO & Executive Director
Christelle Patricia Tsakou is a humanitarian and an entrepreneur of Cameroonian origin who immigrated to North America 9 years ago. Her platform is ” Integration and education for Immigrants”. Her dream is to make the world a better place for everyone regardless of race, culture, origin, and/or status.
Christelle is a gifted songwriter whose songs lift the listener’s spirit back to God. In 2015, she composed, authored and released her first album entitled, The Slain Lamb. Since then, she travels and continues to encourage those around her, using her voice to glorify the Lord through her music.
In 2015, she founded Luchrist Modern African Fashion. Her fashion company’s success has created jobs in 7 African countries (Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, and Madagascar). Her goal is to reach all 54 African countries and to make African prints more accessible to international audiences in the United States of America.
Christelle has a giving mindset. Her heart’s desire is to make the world a better place for all. After listening to some of the stories from young women of the African Diaspora, who confided in her while running her company, she was impressed to use her creativity to combine her love for African heritage and the beauty of women of the African Diaspora. She created the Miss Ebony World organization. An empowering movement that offers tools, guidance, and resources to help young African descents women to learn more about their African heritage and connect to their roots. Every young lady will experience personal growth and have the opportunity to earn not only awards , free tickets to Africa but also lifetime friendship and various skills. The goal is to give everyone an opportunity to be role models for younger generations, the voice of the voiceless for those who are afraid to talk or have been forced not to talk. Most of all, they will be encouraged to address social issues that are not only destroying our society but also very personal experiences they have gone through, such as child abuse, early child marriage, domestic violence, poverty, female genital mutilation, bullying, depression, etc.
Christelle did not stop there. As a former immigrant, she created a non-profit organization, called International Inclusive Empowerment Society. Her efforts to protect new Immigrants regardless of their social status, origin, and race, and to empower some of the most vulnerable, their families and refugees have broken multiple barriers. Her organization has allowed 200+ persons to successfully integrate into American society through education, advocacy, and equity.
In her own words:
“I’m an African immigrant who lives in Whatcom County and I have experienced cultural shock, isolation, issues surrounding integration and numerous other difficulties acclimating into the USA. I have witnessed adopted children experience hardship due to lack of support and direction. My life’s work will build stronger communities by working with partners to address local emerging needs and help new arrivals integrate and feel at home in American society. I want to make America an even better place to live. We care about African descents, immigrants and refugees, and our goal is to move people from immigrant status to neighbors, regardless of their age, race, origin, culture.”