Once, I found myself searching for my name on Google and I found myself drowned in results of all kinds. Faced with that myriad of articles, I could only be fascinated. At that moment, I thought I was a well-known person … but it was just an illusion. That feeling of magic turned into disillusionment when, a few minutes later, I found that those articles have one thing in common : they say what I do, but they don’t say who I am.
Many people have heard about my projects without knowing that I was one of those who set them up. Some people know the name Vérone Mankou but would be unable to put a face on it. And others know my face, no more !
So I quickly came face to face with reality, which is that : my achievements and my projects are recognized and I, not quite. There are many details about me that you do not know, and I thought it was necessary to share them with you.
Coming from a relatively large family, I was born on 23 July 1986 in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. It’s also the place where I took my first steps in the computer science world.
My foray into that vast world was a success thanks to the impulse of my parents who soon noticed my computers inclinations. I was only 7 years old when my father – then engineer in the oil industry – let me take advantage of his Commodore personal computer running Windows 3.
While my passion for computer science was growing day by day, my mother – who was a teacher at the time – had to make sure that I was assimilating my classes well. She tirelessly focused her attention on me until 2003, the year she passed away.
In 2003, I was very young; I was barely 17 years old. In spite of the strong waves that were diverting teenagers at the time, I remained on the way to school, as my mother would have liked. At the end of the same year, I had succeeded in obtaining my high school diploma.
Two years later, I obtained, , in Pointe-Noire, my Certificate of Higher Technician in Maintenance and Networks before following, in 2007, a course on internet security in Hong Kong.
In 2008, I went to Nairobi to successfully pass a Linux admin certification, security option. But my school career did not go uninterrupted. Just after getting my BTS, in 2005, the professional world called me … I had to pick-up the “phone”…
I landed in the professional world in 2005. Having no experience in the field, I was called to work as a freelancer for KeyForIn France, which had entrusted me with the task of developing a search engine, from scratch, on a cluster of thirty servers.
After I made a success of that bet, I was asked by Afripa Telecom, current Alink Telecom, to join their teams as a network administrator. I stayed there for some time before joining, in 2006, the Congolese Council of Shippers, where I held a similar position until March 2008.
During that period, I had taken advantage of my free time to set up a startup that I sold shortly after. Hence, my career took a different turn.
In October 2008, I moved to Brazzaville. Being the Congolese political capital, this is where major decisions are made : it was the place to be. As soon as I arrived, I was appointed to play the role of advisor in charge for Congo’s Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and ICT
At the same time, I was the focal point of Component 3 of the Central Africa Backbone (CAB) fiber optic project, whose objective was to provide basic telecommunication connections between the participating countries.
Despite my fervent will to serve my country and my deep desire to contribute to its development, I no longer liked the Congolese civil service : I had to hang up.
• Managers Africains
• Dîner des Icônes
• New African Magazine
• New African Magazine
• Congo Awards
• City of Brazzaville
• Les Afriques
• Sanza de Mfoa
• Jeune Afrique
• Africa Telecom People Awards