Ivory Coast

Abidjan (AFP) “In our house, the beer is Bock!” boasts the familiar slogan for the lager that is Ivory Coast’s market leader, brewed by Solibra. “Beer Ivoire, loved by Ivorians!” says a competing advert for Ivoire lager, brewed by newcomers Brassivoire. On posters and huge billboards around the west African country, the rival ads, often side by side, compete for attention. Since Brassivoire’s arrival in the country’s emerging beer market in April 2016, the two breweries have been battling it out in what some observers are calling “the beer war”.Read More
Abidjan (AFP) Authorities in Ivory Coast have seized a record haul of three tonnes of pangolin scales worth an estimated $82,000, in what officials on Thursday called a “massacre”. Eight men of various African nationalities were apprehended overnight on Tuesday as they prepared to sell their merchandise, probably to Asia, said police captain Thimotee Gnahore of the country’s transnational organised crime unit (UCT) told reporters in Abidjan. The shy pangolin’s brown scales are made of nothing more than keratin — the same substance as fingernails — but are highly prizedRead More
Guingouine (Côte d’Ivoire) (AFP) Leaving behind chic gowns and catwalks to stomp in the mud in heavy work boots, Guinean former fashion model Tiguidanke Camara has made herself west Africa’s first woman mine owner. In the small forest village of Guingouine, in the west of Ivory Coast, Camara runs a team of 10 geologists and labourers who are probing the soil for gold deposits. She readily wades into a mucky pond to help take laboratory samples. “When I was a model, I showed off for the jewellers. They have licencesRead More
Goulaleu (Côte d’Ivoire) (AFP) Hurbain Souomi was only five years old, but he still remembers the day he trekked 50 kilometres (30 miles) across the border into Liberia to escape gunfire strafing his Ivory Coast village. “There was shooting everywhere. My big sister rounded us up and we ran away to go to Liberia,” he recalled, caught up in a wave of violence linked to a disputed 2010 presidential election that would leave 3,000 people dead. Now 11, Hurbain is nervous but excited to go home, ending six years asRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote, whose sudden death in China at just 30 years old shocked his country, was laid to rest Sunday as he was hailed a “worthy son” of the African nation. Tiote, a 52-time capped player who featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, was honoured with a military funeral at the Williamsville cemetery in Abidjan where hundreds of people gathered to mourn. “Ivory Coast has lost a worthy son who served so bravely, who fought to win and who gave everything on theRead More
Abidjan (AFP) At least 14 people, mostly children, have died in Niger and 11 in Ivory Coast after heavy rains this week triggered landslides and caused homes to collapse, UN and local officials said Friday. The UN’s humanitarian affairs office OCHA said 14 people had died when houses collapsed in Niger’s capital Niamey with another four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this week. In Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan, the toll from the rains climbed from eight to 11 on Friday, with one person unaccounted for andRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Reggae elder statesman Alpha Blondy called in an interview for a general amnesty and release of all prisoners held in his home country Ivory Coast since the political violence of 2010 and 2011. “Reconciliation in Ivory Coast can only be done through a general amnesty,” the multi-million album selling star said. “An amnesty would be a courageous political act.” Split from 2002 to 2011 between the rebel held north and government controlled south, Ivory Coast has recovered to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world,Read More
Abidjan (AFP) Around a thousand fans and some twenty international teammates were present at Abidjan airport on Thursday to pay their respects as the body of football star Cheick Tiote, who died in China earlier this month aged 30, was brought home. A key member of the Ivory Coast team which ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, his manager from that time Herve Renard had made the trip as had teammates Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita and Wilfried Bony. “I have come here for myRead More
Abidjan (AFP) Cheick Tiote’s body will arrive back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday where tributes will be paid to the international by his former teammates, the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) said on Monday. Tiote — who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought by winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations — died on June 5 aged 30 years after ‘suddenly fainting’ during a training session with his second-tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises. “The body Tiote Cheick Ismael will arrive on Thursday, JuneRead More
Bouaké (Ivory Coast) (AFP) The Ivory Coast must beat Guinea on Saturday to “honour the memory of Cheick Tiote”, the former international who died in China this week, according to Elephants coach Marc Wilmots. “We must do it, we have no choice, I hope to win it for him,” Wilmots said ahead of the game that is the opening qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. “When you lose one of your own, it hurts very, very much. We will obviously go to play the match inRead More