Founder and Editor-in-chief
After 3 years as a financial auditor in the skyscrappers of La Défense, Chayet chucked it all in to become a freelance journalist. Telling stories has always been a passion. So it was only natural for her to focus on the African diaspora, in particular the Afrodescendant youth because they take action and question the world around them. From her experience with mainstream media (Huffington Post, Madame Figaro or Arte Radio), what stands out is the impact some of her writings and reports had on the African descendant community. That’s how she realised how necessary it was to create spaces to bring out these unseen realities. And that’s also why she decided to gather a team of journalists and creatives and transformed her blog Nothing But the Wax, which was launched in 2010, into a proper journalistic website. Addicted to travel, concerts and Smurfs gummy candy, Chayet’s fave catchphrase is “Nothing is real, everything is possible: just do it!”
Creative and International Communication Director
Adama is sweetness incarnate. Full of ideas, she is always curious of the cultures and the beings in our world. Right after graduating university with a degree in Arts, Literature & Languages, she settles down in Liverpool (UK) to teach French in one of the oldest and prestigious schools in the country while studying communication through distance learning. A couple of years later, she moves to Paris, joins Rougier & Plé’s web marketing team then becomes an editorial content manager for a fashion startup in 2015. In a few words, Adama is a sensitive young woman, an all-rounder who is passionate about art. A little bird told us she wanted to be an opera singer before finding herself in the clicks and flashes of her camera… At Nothing But Wax, she’s in charge of defining the visual identity and the DNA of our media company.
Fashion stylist & Beauty editor
Laura was born in the southern French city of Marseilles, yet Paris is where her heart is. Because of her studies in chemistry, she was pursuing a career in dark-skin cosmetics and skincare. After her masters, she gets into another one in Digital Marketing then graduates with a MBA in Fashion marketing, Design & Brand Strategies. She starts working as a buyer for Rocket Internet (Jumia) then as fashion stylist for Showroomprivé. In parallel, she develops Ladyhood, an Afripolitan fashion brand she created with her sister, Ladyhood. Very fond of hairstyling and makeup, Laura is constantly on the lookout for trends and innovations in both industries.
Video Project Manager
After graduating, Manon moved to Rio de Janeiro to lead visual art classes for kids. It’s in Brasil that she developed a taste for filming and editing. Back in France, she starts a HND in Film and Broadcast Edition and learns camerawork on-the-job with several directors. Interestingly enough, her journey alongside Chayet and Datis began in Congo and in NYC. Manon likes the fact that she gets to witness how awesome, positive and progressive African creativity can be. She usually explains with passion that she can now gain access to microcosms and environments she wouldn’t know in her everyday life if it weren’t for NBW. Her rule is “Work with good people, on good projects with good values and fun!”
Digital Project Manager
That man is all about tech and digital innovation. “The internet was better tomorrow!” is one of his principles. After graduating from Coventry Business School (UK) with a degree in Marketing and Advertising, he becomes a project manager and deals with a large client portfolio including Total and Nissan. With key experience, Mady detects what’s important in his professional life: meaning and social interaction. That’s why he co-founds Coeurzégeste, an aid organisation and dispenses advice to other organisations in order for them to have the tools to build their image both online and offline. Mady is also a self-taught choreographer, passionate about ethical African fashion and loves to write in his free time. Mady often blends fashion with dignity. According to him, behind every creation is a devoted woman or man, with an essential story to tell. If ethical clothing, sustainable development and fair trade are in the heart of your interests and projects, he is often down for a coffee and a talk.
Working as a journalist has always been her dream. Once she got her masters in Literature & Media at la Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris), Séphora was ready to explore more and more everyday. For her, meeting others is about getting out of your comfort zone, opening your heart and bonding. After a few internships at L’Humanité, Facta Média or Radio Okapi (DRC) and her participation to the first edition of Le Monde Académie, she now runs the blog www.slkaanews.com. Séphora’s chosen fields are societal issues, trends, young designers and entrepreneurs. She says that her main motivation is her admiration for those who have taken the plunge and do what they love most. So she writes to inspire those who are still afraid to do so.
Datis gets into the film and broadcast industry thanks to several experiences and casual jobs. In 2011, he starts travelling around the world and works as reporter for Canal Infos News in Senegal. Next stops? Morroco and Hungary. Back in France, he founds Double Pigeon, a production company then shots Divine Paiste’s music short-film while collaborating on the making of the docu-fiction Grems. In 2014, Datis meets Chayet at the Street School and follows her from New-York to Brazzaville: the very foundations of the direction Nothing But the Wax is about to take.
For many years, Douce has been uncertain about what path she should take. The young woman is now sure she wants to take over the world with her books, pens and smartphone. After graduating from Tours university with a BA in Sociology, she makes a detour via Political Sciences in Bordeaux then gets some of Nantes refreshing air and her masters in Communication.
Pretty comfortable in her journalist’s boots, deeply rooted, Douce lives happily inbetween worlds with her head in the stars. That’s obviously why sky is her limit!
The soul of Nothing But the Wax are the people who build it. We believe in exploring our creativity, expressing our personnalities and creating in good spirit and solidarity. You are curious and like to discover new things: We are regularly looking for similar minded people, talented contributors, inventive experts and interns. If you think your are NBW material, please do get in touch and share your ideas, your work and/or suggestions. We are a media company, yes but a community too!