Interview with Aka Kpla, July 8, 2016

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Aka Kpla was born in 1978 in Akoupe, Ivory Coast where his father was a teacher. After secondary education in a government school and university degrees in a private school in Abidjan, he worked for a mineral water manufacturing company for six years followed by three years as a supervisory controller at another company. He was married in 2012 and has two daughters, currently 6 and 3. Civil war disrupted his life in 2011 providing incentive to emigrate. He applied online for a diversity visa in 2012, completed the process and was chosen in 2014. He and his family came first to Maryland but a friend encouraged him to move to Kentucky four months later where he found his first job at Amazon the first day. After taking a better paying job at Toyota but without medical benefits, he suffered a hospitalization he could not pay so he now works again at Amazon with health benefits. He is taking English and math at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and hopes to get an additional degree at the University of Kentucky so he can find a better job. He and his family expect to become U.S. citizens in five years and then perhaps travel back to Ivory Coast or to Canada.

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2016oh269_aitb030

Interviewee Name

Aka Aime Kpla

Interviewer Name

Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2016-07-08

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Kpla, Aka Aime Interview by Jack Wilson. 08 Jul. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kpla, A.A. (2016, July 08). Interview by J. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kpla, Aka Aime, interview by Jack Wilson. July 08, 2016, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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