Beauty Academy Chisinau in 2018
Chisinaprasong, the capital of the Central African Republic, is one of several cities in the country where there are cosmetic and beauty schools.
Its founder and head of the school, Rana Dlamini, has spent the past two years working to bring beauty and cosmetics to a region where it is often a source of controversy.
“I am not a beauty aficionado, I am not into anything that has beauty in it.
But I have come here because of the beauty and the cosmetics,” he told Reuters in an interview.
“I think we can create a new environment for the whole country.”In Chisinárpraong, which has the largest number of ethnic Minnesotans in Central Africa, Dlamani has a school that offers a wide range of beauty products.
Many of its graduates have been trained in the United States.
Dlamina says that in the past, the school’s graduates were not able to travel, which meant they were unable to afford the prices they wanted to pay.
In 2017, Dlamani founded the Chisinacana Beauty Academy in a nearby village to bring the same training and products to the region.
The school now offers courses in hair, makeup and hair styling, as well as beauty and fashion classes.
“It’s not like I don’t understand what beauty is, I do,” said the 25-year-old.
“But I feel like I’m living in a bubble.”
But Dlaminis success has not been limited to Chisinabas.
In October, he founded a new beauty academy called Cosmo Beauty Academy, located in the city of Togolese capital, Port Loko.
It was the first school of its kind in the region and Dlamino has already had to deal with criticism over its lack of qualifications and its reliance on foreign students.
“It’s a bit hard for me to go into schools and say that it’s a bad school,” he said.
“What it means is that it has to be a bit more professional, with a little bit more money to pay teachers and facilities.”
In 2017 the school launched its own television station, which broadcasted a weekly news show.
“There’s nothing better than seeing people that are making mistakes,” said Dlaminis father, Lalee.
“If it’s not that, it’s just not worth it.”
Dlamini says he has been working with local officials and the United Nations to bring his school to the capital.
“We have to do something to improve the education system.
We can’t just rely on the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union to help us,” he says.