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« on: March 08, 2008, 06:18:14 AM »

Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire (pronounced /ˌkoʊt divˈwɑːr/ ' in English, IPA: [kot diˈvwaʀ] in French), or Ivory Coast, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is a country in West Africa. The government officially discourages the use of the name Ivory Coast in English, preferring the French name Côte d'Ivoire to be used in all languages. It borders Liberia and Guinea to the west, Mali and Burkina Faso to the north, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

Côte d'Ivoire is a republic with a strong executive power personified in the President. Its de jure capital is Yamoussoukro and the official language is French. The country is divided into 19 regions and 58 departments. Côte d'Ivoire's economy is largely market-based and relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash crop production being dominant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B4te_d'Ivoire



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« Reply To This #1 on: March 08, 2008, 06:24:57 AM »

Amnesty International Report 2007: Cote d'Ivoire

Attachment (Word document 3 pages): Amnesty International Report 2007: Cote d'Ivoire
http://www.amnesty.org/

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« Reply To This #2 on: March 08, 2008, 06:28:36 AM »

Art by Ebath N'Gbala

Photo 1: Femme Tranquile

Photo 2: Melodie

Photo 3: Ingratitude

http://www.africaserver.nl/kunstcultuur/kunstenaars/exh_page_uk.php3?zoekID=14


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« Reply To This #3 on: March 08, 2008, 05:30:32 PM »

Yamoussoukro

The District of Yamoussoukro is the official capital city of Côte d'Ivoire. A city of 200,659 inhabitants as of 2005, and located 240 kilometres (149 mi) north of Abidjan on rolling hills and plains, the municipality covers 3,500 km² (1,351.3 sq mi) and is coterminous with the department of the same name. The department and municipality are further split into four sub-prefectures: Attiégouakro, Didiévi, Tié- diékro and the Commune of Yamoussoukro, which contain 169 villages and hamlets.

History

Queen Yamousso, the niece of Kouassi N'Go, ran the village of N'Gokro in 1901 at the time of French colonization. The village then comprised 475 inhabitants, and was one of 129 Akoué villages.


After 1964, the President Félix Houphouët-Boigny made ambitious plans and started to build. One day in 1965, later called the Great Lesson of Yamoussoukro, he visited the plantations with the leaders of the county, inviting them to transpose to their own villages the efforts and agricultural achievements of the region. On July 21, 1977, Houphouët offered his plantations to the State.

In March 1983, Yamoussoukro became the political and administrative capital of Côte d'Ivoire. This marked the fourth movement of the country's capital city in just one century. Côte d'Ivoire's previous capital cities were Grand-Bassam (1893), Bingerville (1900), and Abidjan (1933). The majority of economic activity still takes place in Abidjan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamoussoukro

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, also known as Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro, is a Roman Catholic church in Yamoussoukro, the administrative capital of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Often ranked as the largest Christian church in the world, the basilica was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of $300 million, and was intentionally modeled after the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican City. The cornerstone was laid on August 10, 1985, and it was consecrated on September 10, 1990, by Pope John Paul II.

Contrary to popular belief, this particular basilica is not a cathedral. The nearby Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the principal place of worship and seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro.

Guinness World Records lists it as the largest church in the world, having surpassed the previous recordholder, St. Peter's Basilica, upon completion. Our Lady of Peace has a greater surface, and a higher dome, than St. Peter's. However, it also includes a rectory and a villa (counted in the overall area), which are not strictly part of the church, and it can accommodate 18,000 worshippers, compared to 60,000 for St. Peter's.

The Basilica is administrated by Pallottines.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Our_Lady_of_Peace_of_Yamoussoukro


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« Reply To This #4 on: March 08, 2008, 05:47:15 PM »

Abidjan

Abidjan is the largest city and former capital of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). It is the commercial and banking center of Côte d'Ivoire as well as the de facto capital (Yamoussoukro is the official capital.) It is also the most populated city in French-speaking Western Africa. It stands in Ébrié Lagoon on several converging peninsulas and islands, connected by bridges.

According to an Ebrié legend, the name Abidjan (formerly Abijean) came from a misunderstanding. An old man, returning from his field with an armful of branches that he probably intended to use to repair the roof of his house, happened to encounter a lost European explorer who asked him the name of the nearest village. Unable to speak the white man's language, the old man believed he had been asked what he was doing there. Fleeing in terror from this unexpected encounter, the old man shouted: "tchan me bidjan" which in the Ebrié language means "I've just been cutting branches!" The white man took this to be the answer to his question and conscientiously noted the name "Abidjan".

After independence, in 1960, the old colonial cities became administrative and business centres, as well as the Presidential seat. The southern areas of Treichville, towards the international airport and the beaches, became the district for Europeans, and the middle class Abidjanians. It is here that the anti-French riots of November 2004 were concentrated. The Cocody district (famous for the movie Le Gentleman de Cocody by Jean Marais) which according to colonial urban planning was to be a vast indigenous district, instead became a smart district which contained the Presidential Residence, the French Embassy, the Ivory Hotel and since 2006, the largest US Embassy in Africa.

Abidjan now entered a long phase of economic boom and huge growth which would last until the 1980's, making it the "Paris of Africa". It's skyscraper studded skyline and fashionable shopping district became emblems of the stabillity and prosperity touted by the Houphouët-Boigny government and it's capital friendly pro-western policies. Abidjan was seen as an example of a possible West African prosperity.

Major industries include food processing, coffee, cocoa, lumber, automobile manufacturing, and the manufacture of textiles, chemicals, and soap. There is also a large oil refinery. Abidjan is also a large commercial sea port, forming a gateway for the industrial world to and from Western Africa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abidjan
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/cote-divoire/


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« Reply To This #5 on: March 08, 2008, 05:49:18 PM »

Natasha,
Thank you once again for posting the information about all of the different countries.
           
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« Reply To This #6 on: March 08, 2008, 05:52:44 PM »

Thankyou Rebecca!

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« Reply To This #7 on: March 09, 2008, 07:37:10 PM »

Aloko (Fried Bananas)

Ingredients:

5 bananas
Oil

Procedure:

1. Cut the bananas lengthwise, then into little pieces.
2. Pour about 4 inches of oil into a saucepan and heat until boiling.
3. Place ½ of the sliced bananas into the oil.
4. Fry both sides until reddish-brown, then very carefully remove.
5. Fry the other ½, then remove.

Serve immediately alone, or with grilled fish.
Serves 4 to 6.

http://www.foodbycountry.com/Algeria-to-France/C-te-d-Ivoire.html
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« Reply To This #8 on: March 09, 2008, 07:38:40 PM »

Cornmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

¾ cup margarine
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1¼ cups flour
½ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

1. In a mixing bowl, beat margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the margarine mixture and mix well.
5. Drop dough in spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Makes 3 dozen.

http://www.foodbycountry.com/Algeria-to-France/C-te-d-Ivoire.html
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« Reply To This #9 on: March 09, 2008, 07:39:57 PM »

Chilled Avocado Soup

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
4 cups cold chicken or vegetable stock (2 14-ounce cans)
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon plain yogurt
2 dashes Tabasco sauce, or to taste
Salt and pepper
4 paper-thin lime slices, for garnish

Procedure:

1. Add the avocado flesh to a blender and puree.
2. Add the stock and continue blending until smooth.
3. Blend in the lime juice, yogurt, Tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper.
4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

When ready to serve, spoon into bowls and top each with a thin slice of lime.

Serves 4.

http://www.foodbycountry.com/Algeria-to-France/C-te-d-Ivoire.html
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