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Former model becomes West Africa’s first female mine owner


A former Guinean model has found her footing in the country’s mines.

After years of wearing expensive jewellery, Tiguidanke Camara says she felt challenged to dig into the source of the minerals for an income.

She has since been ranked by France’s weekly Jeune Afrique among the 50 most influential businesswomen of Francophone Africa.

She says that women should not fear reaching for their dreams.

“I think I bring some fresh air to the mining business,” said Guinea-born Tiguidanke Camara on the sidelines of the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town in February.

Camara runs Tigui Mining Group (TMG) a company involved in mostly mining and agriculture operations in West Africa. Its subsidiary, Camara Diamond & Gold Trading Network, owns mining licenses in gold, diamond and associated minerals spanning 356km² in Guinea. These include five semi-industrial gold exploitation licenses on the Birimian Belt in the northeast of the country, and three exploration licenses along the Guinean Diamond Triangle in the southeast.

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