She is part of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group party. When I first introduced readers to Ms Kanko, she was a political representative for the people in Ixelles, a multi cultural hub in Brussels and quite French speaking.
Since then her position has shifted in what can at times be a very divided Belgium along language lines. As she puts it:
A few months ago I was asked why from a French-speaking party to a Flemish-nationalist party. When I arrived here [from Burkino Faso], nobody asked me if I wanted to be French or Flemish.Assita Kanko, MEP Belgiuim
I also knew very little about Flanders. I had misconceptions about it through French-speaking media: the Flemish would not like other people and might be racist.
I learned to know Flanders myself, and I started to love the Flemish people. So I have now chosen to become a Brussels Flemish politician and nowhere else than at the N-VA.
According to her Twitter account Ms Kanko is a self described Member of European Parliament and Women rights advocate. She sits on the following committees in Brussels: Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs/ Foreign Affairs/ US delegation. She will always be an author and remains a columnist.