Bisila in Fuera de Serie Magazine

MY PERFECT WEEKEND
BISILA BOKOKO*

When she isn’t traveling in Europe or Africa, the Spanish-Guyanese entrepreneur enjoys her days off, New Yorker style: an opera at the Met, pancakes, and trips among family in Central Park and Soho.

It is a norm, in my office, for everyone to leave by 3PM on Friday, including myself, that way I can begin my weekend early. I like taking advantage and I go that same evening to an opera at the Metropolitan or if not, the movie theater where I regularly watch a children’s movie with my kids (she has two – a girl of 11 years and a boy of 8 years). The latest opera I watched at the Met was The Enchanted Island, with Placido Domingo in the role of Neptune. It is incredible. His presence is still very powerful.

On Saturdays and Sundays we get up early, at seven or seven thirty, and we go out for breakfast. Always. It is something sacred. Sometimes for pancakes at IHOP, other times we go to Pastis, or to Crosby Hotel. Afterwards, we ride bikes in Central Park or we travel by foot from neighborhood to neighborhood. It is not rare for us to end in Harlem, although Sundays tend to be days for Soho and the Meatpacking District. We also try to visit museums, overall if the time allows. The children aren’t very enthused about it, but I believe that it is not bad for them to get accustomed to it. The MoMA, the Metropolitan, or the Frick Collection are marvelous places. On Sundays, additionally, I take the opportunity to eat dinner outside, sometimes with the children, sometimes without.

Here in New York, almost nobody has a car, but some weekends we rent one and make trips in the surrounding areas: Boston, Washington, Connecticut… We set course and stay at the first hotel we find.

All of that is when I am not traveling, because practically two weekends a month I am away, sometimes in Europe and other times in Africa. I go to Madrid a lot, and when I do, although it is for motives such as ARCO or Madrid Fashion Week, I take out time to see my friends that I attended CEU San Pablo with. Paris, Amsterdam, and London are other capitals which I regularly visit. In Africa, the countries I visit frequently are Ghana, Rwanda, and Kenya. In each one of these cities I have found my favorite places. One of them, Ngerende Resort, a super tranquil place on the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya in full nature. The hippopotamuses come to give you a good morning.

With so much traveling, airports have finished turning into one of my favorite places to go shopping. When I am in New York, I tend to go to Bloomingdale’s because it is close to home, but I say this seriously: one of the places I buy the most clothes is the airport in Barajas.

Transcribed by Victor Rodriguez
Photograph by Victor Cucart

* Bisila Bokoko (Valencia, 1974) is founder and consultant of BBES International and promoter of the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project.

Published in Fuera de Serie Magazine

22

Advertisements

The Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation appoints Bisila Bokoko as “Global Ambassador” in NYC!

The Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation, the entity with headquarters in New York, has appointed Bisila Bokoko as “Global Ambassador”. This appointment on the part of the US Foundation coincides with the acceptance on the part of Queen Sophia of the honorary presidency of the Board of Trustees. This will be particularly evident next June, at a gala to be held in New York City. At which, the Queen’s, along with the members of the Board of Trustees, potential patrons, and Spanish entrepreneurs settled in New York, will be in attendance.

To all this, it is necessary to add an important incorporation to the artistic patronage of the US Foundation with Plácido Domingo there are already 16 artists – including Josep Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, and Rolando Villazón- who lend their support to the Liceu cause in order to fund raise on the other side of the pond.

Liceu’s Project in the United States will be strengthened with a figure such as Bisila Bokoko, who stands out as an “expert in consulting European and African companies, facilitating access to new markets, especially in the United States.” She is an executive that was raised in Valencia, who in addition to her consultation firm, drives her own social project for children in Africa, the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (BBALP).

By tropicstravel (Tropics Magazine)
Credits: La Vanguardia – Maricel Chavarria1614361_717561541608588_862367813_o

The Liceu relaunches its embassy in New York!

The Liceu Barcelona Opera House US Foundation, the entity with headquarters in New York, has appointed Bisila Bokoko as “Global Ambassador”. This appointment on the part of the US Foundation coincides with the acceptance on the part of Queen Sophia of the honorary presidency of the Board of Trustees. This will be particularly evident next June, at a gala to be held in New York City. At which, the Queen’s, along with the members of the Board of Trustees, potential patrons, and Spanish entrepreneurs settled in New York, will be in attendance.

To all this it is necessary to add an important incorporation to the artistic patronage of the US Foundation: with Plácido Domingo there are already 16 artists – including Josep Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, and Rolando Villazón- who lend their support to the Liceu cause in order to fund raise on the other side of the pond.

Liceu’s Project in the United States will be strengthened with a figure such as Bisila, who stands out as an “expert in consulting European and African companies, facilitating access to new markets, especially in the United States”. She is an executive that was raised in Valencia, who in addition to her consultation firm, drives her own social project for children in Africa, the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project.

Published in La Vanguardia
By Maricel Chavarria
Translated by Ariel Portalatin

Liceu Opera House

Foodie Tv Channel welcomes Bisila Bokoko as their new Ambassador

From Zen Magazine
http://zenmagazineafrica.com/culture/foodie-tv-channel-welcomes-bisila-bokoko-ambassador/

Great news everywhere! Bisila Bokoko, who was among Our Top 10 African Women of the Year for 2013 has just been named the brand ambassador for the gastronomic online TV Channel, FOODIE CHANNEL. From this day on, the scope of Foodie TV Channel will be expanded and consolidated by the action that Mrs. Bokoko will take.

The former Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce SpainUSA in New York, is also the founder and President of Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project whose mission is to promote literacy among the African peoples, a business consultant for some  European and African firms, she is also a Brand Ambassador for the Spanish brands Pikolinos, Carmencita and Amparo Chordá.

Bisila is the image behind the original Valencian wines, Bisila Wines. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of several African, European and American organizations, such as MacDella Cooper, Feacoba, African Development Institute, Empretec (UNCTAD, Geneva) Foundation among many others. She was nominated ‘Woman of the Year’ in 2011 by the MCP, as well as the African committed to Excellence in 2011 among many other achievements. “It’s a great honour for me to be part of the Foodie family,” says Bisila Bokoko on being named the ambassador to the TV Channel. “I love cooking a lot and I want to show people how to eat healthy and love themselves. Foodie is all about promoting great food, the chefs who make all the fantastic dishes and the products they use to make each meal. I like promoting great food and I am ready for the journey!

The Foodie TV Channel Director, María José Rico, highlights “It will be a great impact, incorporating Bisila Bokoko to our project, as a figure of such significance will, with no doubt, help us to spread our love for gastronomy and also to spread the values and actions of all of those professionals in this business, who have so much to contribute and often do not find the right way to be heard.”