Tag Archives: Abidjan

In praise of…Meiway

As I listen to Ivorian artist Meiway’s M20 album in my studio flat, it’s hard not to reflect on one of Ivory Coast’s most unique musicians. In fact when you talk about Ivorian music you generally talk about three types … Continue reading

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West African stock markets

I was recently chatting to a very wealthy British friend and I happened to mention the West African stock market based in Abidjan (BRVM). He didn’t realise such a thing existed. I suspect it’s not the easiest thing to access … Continue reading

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Nigerian and Ghanaian takeover

A friend came back from her holiday yesterday and asked me what she’d missed during August in Ivory Coast. The predictable answer was ‘fresh gun battles’, but I was tempted to say ‘an anglophone West African cultural attack’. Things started … Continue reading

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ANALYSIS: Fresh violence in Ivory Coast

What are we to make of the spurt of attacks against Ivorian soldiers over the past two weeks? The death spasms of the pro-Gbagbo military forces or the start of a new violent phase /even a new war? Let me … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast economic round up 3/2012

I’ve been a bit late with this one, but here’s the weekly round-up of economic news. – a couple of rankings, neither particularly complementary. According to the Fund For Peace’s Failed State index, Ivory Coast comes in at 11th from … Continue reading

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In praise of…the Institut Goethe, Abidjan

One of the treasures of the small but friendly Ivorian cultural scene at the moment is the Institut Goethe. If you follow Abidjan cultural life, you’ll quickly find the German cultural centre in the back streets of old Cocody. Yes, … Continue reading

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Airport people-watching

While $20 weekend return flights across Europe have rather taken the frills out of most air travel, there’s still a strong sense of glamour when you head to the airport in Abidjan. Inside the clean modern building, the crowds assemble … Continue reading

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Long-term perspective

I had an enjoyable meal last night with an American visitor who lived here for most of the 1980s and 1990s, having first visited Abidjan in 1974, and having last visited in 1998. That’s the kind of perspective you don’t … Continue reading

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Ivory Coast economic round up 2/2012

Here’s the second in my new weekly economic round-ups. – Few doubts about the major economic story of the week – Ivory Coast became the 33rd country to achieve the IMF/World Bank’s HIPC achievement point which means a huge swathe … Continue reading

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Idea for the weekend IV

It’s been a while since I last added something to this series (and it’s not even the weekend), but here are a few things off the top of my head; – the¬†baccalaureate¬†exams are approaching as I know too well in … Continue reading

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