In 2018 Yann was awarded young creative of the year by the youth chamber of commerce Ivory Coast West Africa for the diversity of his enterprises and his sheer ability in pioneering and progressing so many creative concepts under one company.

Yann was headhunted by a French publishing house and was offered a publishing deal in over 24 French-speaking countries.

Yann is the author of the OYOMIFAI (I am Happy) educational plan deployed over four West African countries (an educational program based on Positive psychology, Gestion Mentale Educational approach).
Results 1: Yann’s educational plan created 65% – 70% increase in academic attainment for vulnerable and SEN students during political unrest.
Results 2: 100% of all the vulnerable students who took part in the OYOMIFAI – I am Happy Project graduated to high school over 3 years. A phenomenal success from the previous 25%.

Results 3: 5 students in Senegal fast-tracked to the 11+ and passing as a result of the OYOMIFAI Programme.
African activist for child empowerment – Named ASE Mali orphanage Ambassador.
Publisher – Founder of SunBird Journal Publishing – Author workshop and education. Mentoring and coaching.


Written Childhood is Eternal 
Raising awareness of childhood abuse practices in the 21st century. Winning the long list in the Rubery Book Awards 2017.


First winner of the Oxford Roots Afroshow (Fashion show) Award for ‘outstanding collection designs and concepts’. A great win for his clothing label SunBird Wear (Instagram – @sunbirdwear).