Monthly Archives: February 2012

The hard life of an Ivorian MP

Ivory Coast’s new national assembly, largely voted in on 11 December 2011, is yet to take up position in the chamber. That’s due for March/April, a delay caused some say by the need for the current prime minister and ex-rebel … Continue reading

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In praise of…Hotel Ivoire

On three occasions this week I spent several hours in Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan’s major hotel that’s been closed for the past few years for refurbishment and has been partially open for business since November. I must say that it’s been … Continue reading

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Five positives from the Africa Cup of Nations

I rarely talk about football on this blog (for that I have a separate site), but Ivory Coast’s defeat last night in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations merits a posting. The main city Abidjan is almost deserted … Continue reading

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Abidjan press stories

Like WAWA, I’m a regular and sometimes bemused reader of the daily Ivorian press. Here are three stories from yesterday’s papers. – “The tears of Ben Konate” – Equatorial Guinean midfielder Ben Konate (born in Ivory Coast) suddenly felt a … Continue reading

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Risk analysts, the advance guard

There’s almost a riot taking place in front of me at the Novotel hotel in Abidjan’s business district. It’s lunchtime and there’s a crowd of foreigners three deep around the meagre scraps at the salad buffet bar. I’ve never seen … Continue reading

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