Market in Abidjan

Africa, Street Photography


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

Worldiction © 2014

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18 thoughts on “Market in Abidjan”

  1. I particularly like “Market4”. Great shot.

    Small sample, but it appears that the women sell plant food and the men sell meat food?

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    • Thanks mk! Good observation that I didn’t notice before as the men are the ones selling meat, besides the fish lady. This also seems true in similar places I’ve visited, now that I think about it.


  2. Aaaaaannd theeee winneeeer iiiiiiis: Picture number 9 (The one with all the fish)! Haha, it’s my favorite!
    I first noticed the little child crawling on the table, I smiled. But when I saw the look the woman in the back on the right had on her face, I laughed. Children can be such troublemakers, even though they’re just curious. 😀

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