In the 1700's, on the island of Ayiti, slavery was the colonial way. This is where our Alouba story begins. Marie Alouba was a slave to colonist, Andre St. Martin. She was supposed to carry her master's last name, but she adhered to her African last name of Alouba. She then became the slave to Pierre Lefeuvre, who not only gave her her freedom but a child. This baby girl was called Marie-Louise Lefèvre. She, like her mother, maintained her African surname and was known as Marie-Louise Alouba.
Fast forward a few generations... When I was pregnant with my 1st child, my family was finalizing our geneology book. It was the year 2000 and the French had just recently opened overeas records from the 1700s. The day after I gave birth my daughter, Marie
and Marie-Louise Alouba were discovered. My link back to Africa was found in these proud black women.
I pay homage to them with the name House of Alouba, for they made those that made those that made me. It is a true honor for me to represent my lineage by creating a "house" that reflects pride, strength and most of all self love.