Country Profiles:
Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is located in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire is bounded to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, to the south by the Gulf of Guinea, to the southwest by Liberia, and to the northwest by Guinea. Ivory Coast got its name from a historically major exportation of Ivory centuries ago. Since early French and Portuguese explorers identified sections of the West African Coast by the natural resources: Ivory Coast is a French translation of the Portuguese name Costa do Marfim given by browsers traders en route to India appearing on the Portuguese portolans in the seventeenth century. The country’s political capital is Yamoussoukro and its economic capital is Abidjan making it a dual capital country.

The country gained its independence from the French on August 7th 1960 and for more than three decades was hailed as a model of stability on the continent. However, in 2002 an armed rebellion split the nation in two. Since then, peace deals have alternated with renewed violence as the country has slowly edged its way towards a political resolution of the conflict. In October 1985 the President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who held power until he dies in 1993 declared that the country be officially call Côte d’Ivoire. The current president is Mr. Ouattara won a second five-year term in the 2015 election.

UNESCO Heritage site in Ivory Coast:

1. Historic Town of Grand-Bassam
A colonial town built during the 19th and 20th centuries, Grand-Bassam was the first Ivorian capital following French rule in the region. Its quarters, which specialized in commerce, administration and general housing, helped the city become the economic and judicial hub of the country, in addition to being its most important port

Ivory Coast is the World’s largest producer and exporter of cocoa beans largely use to make chocolate around the world and its citizens enjoy a relatively high level of income.

Offshore reserves of petroleum and natural gas have been exploited since 1995 and are a significant source of export revenue for the country. Cote d’Ivoire is ranked the 15th largest oil producer in Africa. It produces approximately 37,000 barrels daily which makes it the 66th largest producer of oil in the world. The government expects its energy drive to boost oil production to 200,000 barrels a day by 2020. Mineral resources exploited in Côte d’Ivoire include diamonds and gold. Other minerals deposits such as iron ore, bauxite, and manganese also exist but on a limited scale.

The ethnic composition of Ivory Coast is complex with more than 60 ethnic groups represented The tribal territories parental groups include The Akua Baoulé, the Krou, The Northern Mandes, The Voltaiques (Gur). It is the Baoulé who crowned Michael Jackson as King.

Popular dishes includes: Attiéké, famous Ivorian land snail, Most Ivoirians depend on grain and root vegetables, yams, plantains, maize, rice and peanuts with Fufu (the national dish). Currency CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) fran.

Ivory Coast has many different types of music genres and ethnic dances. There are four famous Ivorian artists like Magic System, Alpha Blondy, Meiway and Christina Goh. Out of all these four artists, the best-well known artist from all over the Ivory Coast is Alpha Blondy.

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