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Hortense's first career is interpretation, it has been her profession for the past 17 years and it remains a true passion for her. However, she took the decision to quit her job as  to interpret  in  a major international organization in order to pursue other passions and set up her  company.

 

Hortense  always had an artistic side.  She  used to draw, do ballet and jazz, she  took and developed photos, she  wrote and  blood. As an adult she had  to focus more on her  family and her professional life, but there came a time when she  needed to come back to an  artistic activity.

 

That is how she  founded Afropian in 2017. "Afropian" is a word play between "Africa" and "Ethiopia" as she envisions her brand to be a bridge between her country, Ethiopia, and the rest of the African continent.