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Food blogger’s African dream

Food blogger’s African dream

LERATO MOGOATLHE, BIRD STORY AGENCY ABIDJAN is one of the most delicious cities in the world - and Yasmine Fofana has made it her mission to let the world taste her city since 2012 when she launched Afro Foodie as the first food blog in Ivory Coast. Fofana had just returned to the city following her undergraduate studies in the United States. As a foodie, her instinct was to start exploring the city’s food and restaurant scene. Only problem? She could not find restaurant reviews. “It wasn’t something fairly popular in my country,” she explained. After she won a dinner…
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Ivory Coast’s ‘Real Boys’ address drug use, violence through dance

Ivory Coast’s ‘Real Boys’ address drug use, violence through dance

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY and MEDIA COULIBALY ON a dimly lit stage in Abidjan one member of the dance group lies motionless on the floor, legs splayed, while seven others dance around him in an intense hip-hop routine meant to warn about the dangers of drug use and gang violence in Ivory Coast. The "Real Boys", a male dance group based in Abidjan, was formed in 2014 but had to wait until this month for a breakthrough when they performed their show "Ghetto" at the Abidjan Market for Performing Arts (MASA), one of Africa's oldest and biggest artistic showcase events. Now the…
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4 die in Ivory Coast building collapse

4 die in Ivory Coast building collapse

AT least six people, including two children, died when an apartment block collapsed in Ivory Coast's commercial capital of Abidjan overnight, the fire brigade said. Rescuers used torches to search through the mounds of broken concrete and carried out 36 people alive, officials said. One firefighter cradled a baby in the back of an ambulance. "Everything was trembling," said survivor Ladji Doumbia, who lived on the fourth floor. "I was stumbling from left to right and then, at the last minute, I heard a loud noise." Prime Minister Patrick Achi visited the site and promised an investigation into the cause…
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Ivory Coast sends mobile clinics to speed up COVID vaccinations

Ivory Coast sends mobile clinics to speed up COVID vaccinations

IVORY Coast has begun sending mobile clinics to markets and other busy areas in its main city Abidjan in an effort to turbocharge the vaccination campaign against COVID-19. After administering fewer than 800,000 doses since vaccinations began in March - enough for a single dose for just 3% of the population - Ivorian health authorities are now aiming to inoculate a million people in Abidjan over the next 10 days. While acknowledging that will be a tall order, they hope to pick up the pace by targeting some of Abidjan's most frequented places, especially its vast open-air markets where most…
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Ivory Coast police fire teargas at supporters of former president

Ivory Coast police fire teargas at supporters of former president

POLICE fired teargas to disperse a protest in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Thursday against the exclusion of former President Laurent Gbagbo and others from the voter rolls for October's presidential election. Hundreds of protesters had gathered outside the national electoral commission's headquarters to demand that Gbagbo, his ally Charles Ble Goude and former prime minister Guillaume Soro be included in the rolls, a Reuters witness said. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara. Photo: Presidency of the Republic of Benin The electoral commission said the three were not included because of criminal convictions and that it will consider appeals against their…
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