Monthly Archives: April 2012

Millenarianism and the pro-Gbagbo camp

In those final moments before the Ivorian state television channel (nicknamed TV Mille Collines by pro-Ouattara supporters) was taken off the air during the battle for Abidjan, a scrolling ticker along the bottom of the screen, apparently the last thing … Continue reading

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The anniversary

On the anniversary of the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, I find myself in a maquis (local restaurant/bar) with more than ten supporters of the former president, from his Bete ethnic group. This wasn’t planned, but I was in Yopougon, Abidjan’s … Continue reading

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A dream – Abidjan Coding camp 2012

Let me talk about an event that doesn’t exist (except in my imagination). Every year hundreds of Ivorians take part in summer camps to use up the long holiday period. Some are based around arts & crafts, others extra school … Continue reading

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Happy Paquinou

Easter weekend takes its own Ivorian twist here with the festival of Paquinou among the country’s largest ethnic group, the Baoule. For the last couple of centuries the traditional Baoule lands have been in what is now central Ivory Coast, … Continue reading

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Cocoa corruption trials

If I didn’t have a day job, it’d be quite tempted to spend my time at the Abidjan courts this past month, where after nearly four years of waiting the trial of the country’s former cocoa sector managers is underway. … Continue reading

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Garba story – a review

Last weekend, I received a free ticket to a performance of “Garba Story” – it’s¬†unfortunately¬†rare to see theatrical performances in Abidjan, so this was something of a treat. The performance was written and put together by the Lebanese cultural extraodinaire … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast Facebook culture

As promised, I wanted to write about Facebook in Ivory Coast. Having joined Facebook many years back when you needed a university email address from an elite university to open an account, I’ve been around for longer than most. My … Continue reading

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