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Ivory Coast

Côte d'Ivoire is made up of more than sixty distinct groups including the Baoule, Bete, Senoufou, Agni, Malinke, Dan, and Lobi. French and Portuegese traders had a presence since the 15th century dealing in trade and slaves. The country became a French colony in 1893 and became independent in 1960. Since 1998 the country has experienced political instability and economic decline due the disenfranchisement of some Ivorians for not being purely Ivorian. This was reversed in 2002 and a power sharing government between the government and rebels was set-up 2007.

Languages spoken

  • Baoulé
  • Dioula
  • Dan
  • Anyin
  • Senari

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The Baoule or Baule are part of the Akan ethnic cluster that live in Cote d’ Ivoire and Ghana. There are about half a million Baoules in Cote d’Ivoire, which makes them one of the largest ethnic groups in that area. According to oral tradition, the Baoules are said to have migrated westwards from Ghana when the Asante people rose to power. For More information, click here

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