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The African Cocoa country of Cote D'Ivoire
The West African country of Cote D’Ivoire or Ivory Coast does not have a long pre-history as not much of the ancient ruins remain, however the first Portuguese ships arrived here in the 1460’s. Later on ethnic groups like the Kru, Senoufo, Lobi, Akan converged on Cote D’Ivoire from the neighbouring countries like Liberia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana and Guinea. In order to tap Cote D’Ivoire’s considerable Cocoa and Coffee plantations the French colonised the country in the 1890’s. It was not until 1960 when the people of Ivory Coast rose under the leadership of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a Cocoa farmer to free their country of the french rule. Boigny transformed his home village Yamoussoukro into Cote D’Ivoire’s capital whereas Abidjan is Ivory Coast’s largest city and administrative center. Although the country enjoyed relative peace and prosperity under Bogny’s rule, however his successor Henri Konan Bédié reign in the 1990’s led to economic strife and imntenal turmol within Cote D’Ivoire. Ivory Coast is also a music lovng country and the Ivory Coast Soccer team has also made its mark at the 2006 football world cup. Lastly Cote D’Ivoire’s chocolate is world famous owing to its large cocoa plantations.
Cote D’Ivoire Facts and Info :
Cote D’Ivoire enjoys large forest coverage with considerable rainforests that are home to endangered species like the Pygmy Hippopotamus and many monkey species. The warm and humid equatorial; climate of Cote D’Ivoire has made it the world’s largest Cocoa producer apart from a significant producer of Coffee, Bananas and Palm oil. Cote D’Ivoire is even blessed when it comes to other natural and mineral resources such as petroleum, diamonds, bauxite and copper.
Economy and Culture of Cote D’Ivoire:
Cote D’Ivoire is the world’s largest Cocoa producer and exporter and about 70% of Ivorians are engaged in the agricultural sector. The country also receives aid from its from France, its former protectorate. Cote D’Ivoire’s GDP also benefits substantially from Coffee, Petroleum and Natural Gas exports. Abidjan in Cote D’Ivoire has many wealthy French expatriates and modern infrastructure including French-based schools. Cote D’Ivoire’s economy has also benefited from the significant exports of Ivory chocolates to all parts of the world.
Cote D’Ivoire is an amalgamation of more than sixty indigenous communities that can be grouped into seven clusters such as the Kru, Voltaic, Mande, Akan and others. The influence of neighbouring cultures is evident in Cote D’Ivoire’s music, food, dance and dress styles. The French influence is visible from the official French language and name of the country. The Ivoria’s are a music loving people and it characterises all aspects of their lives, be it birth, death, marriage with traditional music instruments like the talking drum, Akombe, Kpalago, Cleavers. Alpha Blondy, the famous Reggae singer belongs to Cote D’Ivoire.
Although the Cote D’Ivoire cuisine is similar to its neighbours, Maquis is a small open-air eatery unique to the Ivorians and grated cassava (Attieke) is the traditional Cote D’Ivorian dish to be had with Bangui, a local palm wine.
Tourist Attractions of Cote D’Ivoire:
Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire’s capital has many architectural places to visit such as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix whereas Abidjan has the Ifon Museum apart from the bustling central marketplace of Treichville. Visitors traveling to Cote D’Ivoire should definitely visit the beach resort of Assouinde in Abidjan, which also offers many skiing and shark watching opportunities.
New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony today reviewed the progress on various steps and actions taken to enhance coastal security.
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Kolkata, April 22 (IANS) Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajdoot, designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers here, was commissioned by Controller General of Defence Accounts Arunava Dutt at a function here Monday.
Kolkata, Apr. 22 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard Ship 'Rajdoot', designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, was commissioned by Arunava Dutt, the Controller General of Defence Accounts, at an impressive ceremony here on Monday.
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Mumbai, Apr. 10 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191, the fifth of the series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs), was commissioned here on Wednesday by Director General Indian Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal.
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New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) has cleared Reliance Industries' (RIL) KG-D6 and NEC-25 blocks for oil and gas exploration along with three other areas, the petroleum ministry said Thursday.
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New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) India's efforts to raise its engagement with French-speaking Cote d'Ivoire - the former Ivory Coast - will see the formation of an India-Cote d'Ivoire Business Council that can serve as a bridge to the west African region.
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Marrakech (Morocco), March 10 (IANS) FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived here to take part in the 35th Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ordinary General Assembly.
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Johannesburg, Feb 12 (IANS) The Confederation of African Football (CAF) selected five members of the Nigerian national team for inclusion in the Team of the Tournament for the just ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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Tokyo, Feb. 3 (ANI): Japanese coast guard have arrested the captain of a Chinese boat on suspicion of illegally fishing for coral in Japan's exclusive economic zone near Miyako Island, Okinawa Prefecture.
Abuja (Nigeria), Feb 3 (IANS) Nigeria's ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged their national football team to win the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as they tackle the 'Elephants' of Cote d'Ivoire Sunday in the quarterfinals in South Africa.
Tunis, Feb 3 (IANS) The Tunisia Football Federation will replace head coach Sami Trabelsi after the national team failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup.
New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The Ministry of Defence has given positive indications about clearing 39 oil blocks where exploration is stalled, Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily said Friday.
Beijing, Jan 30 (IANS) Chinese Super League (CSL) club Shanghai Shenhua Wednesday rejected Didier Drogba's move to Turkish side Galatasaray and labelled it "rule breaching".
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Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) Bernard Tomic, Australia's top-ranked tennis player, could lose his driver's license for speeding Tuesday in his Ferrari in the resort city of Gold Coast, media reports said.
Kolkata, Jan 29 (IANS) City-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) will be doubling its capacity by the end of the next financial year, a top official of the defence establishment said Tuesday.
Rome, Jan 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A search is underway for a US F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet that went missing on a training flight off the coast of Italy.
Online application for Indian Coast Guard Navik (GD) Recruitment 2013 has begun. The candidates who have passed their 10+2 or secondary examination with Maths and physics as subjects can apply online for the post of Navik General Duty (GD) with Indian Coast Guard.
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Cape Town, Jan 27 (IANS) Cote d'Ivoire dimmed Tunisia's hopes of advancing in the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) after a thumping 3-0 victory.
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Tunis, Jan 23 (IANS) Tunisia's Carthage Eagles defeated Algeria 1-0 in their first match in Group D in the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa.
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Kochi, Jan. 17 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard apprehended a Panama-flagged merchant ship, allegedly involved in the sinking of a fishing boat off the off kochi coast in Kerala, injuring three fishermen on Wednesday.
Kochi, Jan 17 (IANS) The crew of a Panama-flagged cargo vessel that allegedly rammed into and severely damaged a fishing boat off the Kozhikode coast Wednesday was being questioned after the ship was tracked down by the Coast Guard, officials said.
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