As "?toubabou?", one can legitimately wonder how the Ivorians welcomed the French, with whom relations were not always well established. This is not a criticism, but a simple observation that may have raised some questions in some people, and will quickly be swept away by the way you will be received on the spot. In the vast majority of cases, there is indeed no animosity, and in Abidjan, the only problems that could be encountered are inherent in the insecurity that some places present at certain times of the night... As in any big city in the world, after all. Ivorians really benefit from being known: welcoming, warm, funny, supportive, always ready to help or help... and endowed with an incomparable sense of hospitality and celebration. Akwaba to the country!
In Côte d'Ivoire, we are mélange? ! :
Unlike some African countries where everyone stays a little on their own, in Côte d'Ivoire, everyone meets, mixes and blends. A melting-pot vocation that the country clearly owes to its position as the crossroads of West Africa, sheltering, as the consecrated expression suggests, a "mosaic of peuples?", a real hub and melting pot of influences and identities always in movement and in synergie? ; but also to the incredible propensity of Ivorians to recover, absorb and adapt "to their sauce?" everything that comes from "? outside". In Côte d'Ivoire, more than anywhere else, socio-cultural barriers are being erased and the different communities are living together without complexes and in joy.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette