Ivory Coast

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Additional Information
Capital Yamoussoukro
Currency XOF
Timezone Africa/Abidjan
Total States 14 districts
Airport City Abengourou Airport, Aboisso Airport, Bocanda Airport, Bouaké Airport, Port Bouet Airport
Ruling Type Government
Offical Languages French, Yacouba,
National Animal Elephants
Food Aloko (Fried Bananas), Fufu (Boiled Cassava and Plantains), Kedjenou (Seasoned Meat and Vegetable Sauce)
Seasons Autumn  : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter     : Dec - Feb
Sprint      : Mar - May


Destination



1 ) Abidjan
Popular - Industrial and Manufacturing     Location - Abidjan, -Southern Atlantic, -Ivory Coast

Abidjan is the economic capital of Ivory Coast and one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. According to the 2014 census, Abidjan's population was 4.7 million, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country, and this also makes it the sixth most populous city proper in Africa, after Lagos, Cairo, Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, and Johannesburg. A cultural crossroads of West Africa, Abidjan is characterised by a high level of industrialisation and urbanisation.

The city expanded quickly after the construction of a new wharf in 1931, followed by its designation as the capital city of the then-French colony in 1933. Abidjan remained the capital of Côte d'Ivoire after its independence from France in 1960. The completion of the Vridi Canal in 1951 enabled Abidjan to become an important sea port. In 1983, the city of Yamoussoukro was designated as the official political capital of Côte d'Ivoire. However, almost all political institutions and foreign embassies continue to be located in Abidjan.

Because Abidjan is also the largest city in the country and the centre of its economic activity, it has officially been designated as the "economic capital" of the country. The Abidjan Autonomous District, which encompasses the city and some of its suburbs, is one of the 14 districts of Côte d'Ivoire.


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2 ) Yamoussoukro
Popular - Temple / Church / Mosque     Location - Yamoussoukro, -Yamoussoukro, -Ivory Coast

Yamoussoukro is one of the two political capitals and administrative capital of Ivory Coast and an autonomous district of the country, while the other capital of the country is Abidjan. As of the 2014 preliminary census, the district had a population of 355,573 inhabitants. Located 240 kilometers (150 mi) north-west of Abidjan, the administrative centre on the coast, upon rolling hills and plains, the municipality covers 3,500 square kilometers (1,400 sq mi).


Prior to 2011, what is now the district of Yamoussoukro was part of Lacs Region. The district was created in 2011 and is split into departments of Attiégouakro and Yamoussoukro. In total, the district contains 169 settlements. Yamoussoukro is a sub-prefecture in Yamoussoukro Department and is also a commune: since 2012, it has been the sole commune in the autonomous district of Yamoussoukro

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In the 2014 census, the autonomous district had a population of 355,573. The city of Yamoussoukro (as opposed to the district) had 281,071 inhabitants, making it the fifth-most populous city in Ivory Coast.


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3 ) Grand-Bassam
Popular - Culture     Location - Grand-Bassam, -Comoe, -Ivory Coast

Grand-Bassam is a town in south-eastern Ivory Coast, lying east of Abidjan. It was the French colonial capital city from 1893 to 1896, when the administration was transferred to Bingerville after a bout of yellow fever. The town remained a key seaport until the growth of Abidjan from the 1930s.

Grand-Bassam is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Grand-Bassam Department; it is also a commune. The town has the aura of a ghost town, since large sections have been abandoned for decades. In 1896, the French capital was moved to Bingerville, and commercial shipping gradually declined until it virtually ceased in the 1930s. In 1960, with independence, all remaining administrative offices were transferred to Abidjan, and for many years Grand-Bassam was inhabited only by squatters. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began to revive as a tourist destination and craft centre.

The town is divided by the Ébrié Lagoon into two halves: Ancien Bassam is the former French settlement, facing the Gulf of Guinea. It is home to the grander colonial buildings, some of which have been restored. The district is also home to a cathedral and the Ivory Coast National Museum of Costume. Nouveau Bassam, linked to Ancien Bassam by a bridge, lies on the inland, northern side of the lagoon. It grew from the African servants' quarter and is now the main commercial centre of the town.


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4 ) Man
Popular - Agriculture     Location - Man, -Montagnes, -Ivory Coast

 Man is a city in western Ivory Coast. It is the seat of both Montagnes District and Tonkpi Region. It is also a commune and the seat of and a sub-prefecture of Man Department. In the 2014 census, Man had a population of 188,704, making it the eighth-largest city in the country.

In November 2002, during conflict between government and rebel forces, the former rebel group Mouvement patriotique de Côte d'Ivoire (MPCI) held Man and the towns of Danané, Toulepleu, and Bloléquin.


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5 ) Sassandra
Popular - Beach     Location - Sassandra, -Bas-Sassandra, -Ivory Coast

Sassandra is a town in southern Ivory Coast. It is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Sassandra Department. It is also a commune and the seat of Gbôklé Region in Bas-Sassandra District.
Sassandra lies on the Gulf of Guinea at the mouth of the Sassandra River. The town was founded by the Portuguese as Santo André and was later run by the British, then the French as a seaport for timber. The town declined in the 1960s after San Pédro's port was completed. Sassandra's main industry is now fishing.
Sassandra is known for its beaches and lighthouse, while the Gaoulou National Park lies nearby. It is served by Sassandra Airport. In 2014, the population of the sub-prefecture of Sassandra was 72,221


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6 ) Bouake
Popular - Industrial and Technology     Location - Bouake, -Vallee du Bandama, -Ivory Coast

Bouaké (or Bwake) is the second-largest city in Ivory Coast, with a population of 536,189 (2014 census). It is the seat of three levels of subdivision—Vallée du Bandama District, Gbêkê Region, and Bouaké Department. The city is located in the central part of Ivory Coast about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Lake Kossou, the country's largest lake. It is approximately 350 kilometres (220 mi) north of Abidjan on the Abidjan-Niger Railway and about 100 kilometres (62 mi) northeast of Yamoussoukro, the capital of the country.
Bouaké was established as a French military post in 1899 and has been an administrative center since 1914. French and United Nations peacekeepers currently reside in the city as part of an enforced ceasefire between the rebel-held north and the government-held south. After the attempt to overthrow the president Laurent Gbagbo had failed, the rebel forces FN (forces nouvelles) led by Guillaume Soro made Bouaké their center of control. Subsequently, Bouaké University, opened in 1996, was closed down in September 2002. Financed by Unesco, the university reopened in April, 2005.

On 4 November 2004, governmental forces used Sukhoi-25s to raid the city as an opening movement towards "territorial liberation", according to Captain Jean-Noël Abbey of the Côte d'Ivoire army. Korhogo, 225 kilometres (140 miles) north of Bouaké, was also targeted. In 2014, the population of the sub-prefecture of Bouaké-SP was 71,949 . In 2014, the population of the sub-prefecture of Bouaké-SP was 71,949


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Festival

1 ) Goli mask dance

Festival Month - December

Attending by the Baoule peoples. At the Goli mask dance you may attend a ceremony where two types of masks appear in the village, human face masks known as “kpan” and disc-faced masks known as “kple kple”. Their performance is theatrically managed for the greatest effect. The women start to dance and sing some time in advance to beg the masks to come. The women then welcome the masks as beloved personages, fanning them with scarves and dancing joyously behind them. Kple Kple masks – in particular – are called in time of danger or during funeral ceremonies. They are believed to connect people with supernatural powers and gods, which may have a good or bad influence on their lives.


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2 ) Les Jongleurs

Festival Month - February

The dancers make children fly through the air, exposing them to the risk of falling on knives, but the strength and skill of the dancers, on the one hand, and the imperturbability of children, on the other, is beyond all imagination. Few foreign visitors have witnessed these amazing dances. The country has two practices included in the “representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity” of UNESCO.


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3 ) Grand Bassam’s Abissa celebration

Festival Month - October

Abissa is the pre-eminent festival in the N’zima calendar. It is a time of brutal honesty, renewal and forgiveness. It is a celebration of the ancient N’zima culture, history, royalty, and religion. Held once a year towards the end of October, Abissa lasts 14 days of dedication to Nyamie, the Akan name for the supreme deity. In this period, work activities such as farming, etc. or celebrations like weddings, funerals, etc. are all put on hold The week-long Abissa festival is powered by drummers, whose infectious beats drive its many dances and rituals. During Abissa, the beat of the cosmic drum releases the N’zima from their customary restraints and allows them to speak candidly to their leaders and to one another. It is a time of collective catharsis that leads to renewal and a spiritual re-birth of the entire community. Another unique highlight is the cross dressing, where men dress as women, while women are dressed as men. During the accusation-repentance ritual, people disguise to mimic those who have wronged them. Everyone is expected to come clean and pardoned for their wrongdoing.


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