I am Eby Aka, author of the Walk to the Stage of Honor and founder of Global Caravan for Education and Cultural Exchange. I was born and raised in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire
As a trained English teacher, I started my career teaching in local private schools in Cote d’Ivoire before I was accepted to teach French and African Studies at the International Christian Academy of West Africa (American School) from 1996 through 2000.
As years passed, my interest for multicultural activities grew, along with the interest to share that knowledge with other children abroad. The initiative led me to travel to the United States, where I have lived and worked as a teacher in Minnesota, at the Concordia Language Villages; Virginia; and Washington, D.C.
Born in a small village, I traveled to the United States with in mind the idea to do something to help educate the less privileged children in Africa, who, like me don’t have the resources they need for a better education. As a young boy, with my single mother, I did not have the basic little things for school, and most of the time I had to wait for the next dawn to have enough light to see the lines in my books. Today, hunted by the memories of that difficult time of my childhood, and seeing most of the children in Africa in the same situation, I have answered the call for help by founding Global Caravan for Education and Cultural Exchange (www.globalcaravan.org) to build landing libraries to give children access to books.
But I did not want my support for the young people to be centered only on providing them books. I have taken another step to support them morally to help them build the spiritual armory they need to prepare them for the challenges on their way to do well. This part of my work is the message of the book I have written, the Walk to the Stage of Honor.
Throughout the inspirational story of this book I teach young people about the ethics and the moral values to help them bond properly with family and the outside world, to resist temptations and make the right choices to do well in life. I also walk them cautiously through some of the boiling topics of today such as bullying, respect, tolerance, peace, hope, character and determination; leadership and the importance of hard work, success and giving back to society.
I have served as president of the American Studies Association (AMSA) at the University of Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire and as member of the section of the Lions Club International in Côte d’Ivoire.
I currently live with my wife Marie Ode and my son Aaron Ebby, Jr. in Alexandria, Virginia.