Touring Ivory Coast
This west African country is a great combination of many lifestyles from around the world. Its borders with the Atlantic ocean allows the country to attract various nationalities into the tropical land. The main meals always include plantain side dishes, a form of graded cassava, and don’t forget the hottie hot sauce!
Aside from the touristic theme, Ivory Coast is also known for its friendly people. Their respect is verbally expressed in such manners that they call strangers “aunt” and “uncle” or “mom” and “dad” etc. It is unclear to me whether this friendliness has always existed among Ivorians, or if it is a change influenced by the recent war that forever changed the country in many ways. I can briefly say yes, with the justification of recalling many TV shows, aired decades before the war, that portrayed their ways and support my experience. Of course we can’t truly relate a montage to reality; however, there is a background truth that inspires these scripts. Either way, the war left them with a stronger sense of community.
This mixture of modern and traditional styles gives this developing nation a unique image. I call it a must-see.
Author: H. Massissou
Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Photographer: Hortensia Massissou
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