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Ivorian resilience in the face of multiple crises: a kaleidoscope of cultural and geographic diversity

A cultural and artistic anchorage that transcends the boundaries of nation and time Côte d’Ivoire is a bona fide kaleidoscope. The country’s impressive human geography and cultural diversity, alongside its economic performance, testify to its richness as one of the central lungs of West Africa. As a country, it is famous not only for the football prowess of its national team, the Elephants, but for being the world’s largest cocoa producer. Since the turn of the millennium, Côte d’Ivoire has impressed the world with its economic performance and its artistic and cultural expressions. The country has come a long way since the heyday of the 1970s when Ernesto Djédjé’s successful hits such as Zibote launched Ivorian music onto the international scene. Equally, the rhythms of Mapouka, Zouglou, and Coupé Décalé have in turn exploded on the continental African scene, before flourishing worldwide. “The country’s impressive human geography and cultural diversity, alongside its economic performance, testify to its richness as one of the central lungs of West Africa.” For example, in August 2019, the magnitude of grief that poured in from the four corners of the world following the   tragic death of DJ Arafat – a well-known Ivorian singer and music […]

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Solving political crises in West Africa & Sahel: Consensus rather than compromise

NIMD Sahel Director Mirjam Tjassing and Founder of WATHI Yabi Gilles argue if ECOWAS does not go beyond the usual worn-out political recipes – perceived by marginalised populations as cake-sharing between opportunistic actors – the chances of ending cycle of political crises plaguing Mali, the Sahel and West Africa are very slim. Original article: In English on NIMD in French in Jeune Afrique

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