Monthly Archives: September 2011

Four ideas

Here are some random actions I’d encourage someone to take; – start a new news programme on the Ivorian state broadcaster called “L’actualite sans ministres” (the news without government ministers). Instead of focusing each day on the activities of the … Continue reading

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If I have any ambitions for this blog, one would be to communicate something of just how enjoyable it is to live in Abidjan. I understand that for many in the West the thought of wanting willingly to live (with … Continue reading

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Encouraging tourism to Ivory Coast

This morning the Ivorian Ministry of Tourism held their first ‘tourism breakfast’ for those in the sector to meet the minister and debate a particular subject. The government is looking to to double visitor numbers to 500,000 by 2015. While … Continue reading

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Ministry Communication

Here’s how it works at one of the government ministries here (well most of them). For every press event (major announcement, visit by foreign delegation, etc), journalists are invited to cover the event. For every national journalist who comes to … Continue reading

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‘Making war in Cote d’Ivoire’, by Mike McGovern (2011)

It’s not every day you get to write about a book dedicated to Ivory Coast – in fact it’s the only one I know of currently being published. So, whatever its quality, ‘Making war in Cote d’Ivoire’ (2011) would be … Continue reading

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Film review: Le Djassa a pris feu (2009)

After ‘Le Mec Ideal’, I’m keen to watch a lot more Ivorian cinema; not perhaps the world’s most famous or developed industry, but still important if only for reflecting life here in this particular part of the globe. I’m not … Continue reading

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