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Today’s style inspiration: Louis Philippe de Gagoue.

Hailing from both Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire, the self-described eclectic fashion stylist, blogger and personal shopper is currently based in Morocco after half a decade living in neighbouring Tunisia.

With a style all his own, there’s a sense of vintage cool, classic sartorialism and modern vibrancy in almost everything he wears. From Congolese sapeurs to traditional North African garments, there’s always a strong African influence in de Gagoue’s visual aesthetic.

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NEW MUSIC: Magic System ft Chawki - Magic in the Air.

Ivorian sensation Magic System team up with Moroccan singer Ahmed Chawki in this football-like anthem super catchy Francophone dance tune.

Just in time for Brasil 2014? Perhaps.

French photojournalist Olivier Martel has travelled the world capturing images of women across the globe from all walks of life. Here are some of his pictures of women from around the African continent including Tunisia, Ethiopia, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. Most of these photographs are taken from the book Femmes Eternelles.

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AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

August 7th, 2013, marks the 53rd independence day of Cote D’Ivoire from France. The West African nation became a French colony in 1893, after treaties between the kings of Grand Bassam and France had been signed between 1843-1844 leading to the expansion of French control over the area. However, Europeans had been present on that part of the continent since the days of the transatlantic slave trade, with Portuguese explorers arriving in 1482.

Prior to European colonialism, the region that is modern-day Cote D’Ivoire was home to various empires and kingdoms such as the 17th century-founded kingdom of Gyaaman established by the Abon who were an Akan group, the Muslim Kong Empire established by the Juula in the 18th century, the Baoulé, Senuofo and Bouna kingdoms, and the Ghana, Songhai and Sudanic empires that extended into the area during their reigns in West Africa.

French rule in the area was not met without resistance. To many, the treaties signed with Grand Bassam leaders meant little, if anything, and Madinka forces, mostly from Gambia, fought a long war with the French in the 1890s. The Baoulé and other eastern groups continued opposing French colonial influence using guerrilla warfare until 1917, and it wasn’t until 1918 that local forces were defeated by the French. Samori Ture, leader and founder of the Wassoulou Empire, is a legendary figure known for his continuous resistance against France’s colonial presence in West Africa and fought against French forces from 1882 until his capture in 1898.

In 1960, Cote D’Ivoire gained independence under President Felix Houphouet-Boigny who held power until his death in 1993.


A child sleeps near stoves used to dry fish in Vridi-Zimbabwe, a poor area in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Aug. 5, 2013.

[Credit : Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters]

Black and white portraits taken by Togolese photographer Cornélius Augustt Yao Azaglo.

These photographs of elderly people were taken between 1950-75 of people living in Korhogo, a village in northern Ivory Coast.

Black and white portraits taken by Togolese photographer Cornélius Augustt Yao Azaglo.

These photographs of elderly people were taken between 1950-75 of people living in Korhogo, a village in northern Ivory Coast.

Photo by Daniel Attouma Amicchia

Untitled, 1950

Cote d’Ivoire

©Collection Sindika Dokolo - Revue Noire

SPORTS: Nigeria vs Kenya, and Cote D’Ivoire vs Gambie.


I’ll be live-tweeting both games at @dynamicafrica on twitter.

Football Rebels is a television documentary series that chronicles the lives of inspiring football stars who’ve used their fame and influence to draw attention to human rights issues. 

The first episode looks at how Ivorian player Didier Drogba helped his national team qualify for the 2006 world cup, and then challenged President Gbagbo to end the civil war in his country.

STYLE ICON: Dobet Gnahoré

Grammy Award-winning and World Music-nominated Ivorian musician and singer Dobet Gnahoré’s style is beyond your wildest Afro-punk dreams.

With a band consisting of her percussionist father Boni Ngahoré, as well as several French and Tunisian acts, both the 29-year-old singer’s musical sounds and aesthetic mirror various elements of Pan-Africanism that can often be seen in the jewelry she wears and the infusion of Bété, Baoulé, reggae, rumba and Manding influences in her music.

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MORNING SONG: Dobet Gnahoré - Dala

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“It’s not normal that people that live in such a rich continent are still considered among the poorest in the world. It’s like we live in a house full of gold, but we are incapable of providing healthcare, education, and food to the people living that house.” - Tiken Jah Fakoly.

Tiken Jah Fakoly (born 1968) is a reggae singer from Côte d’Ivoire.

Tiken Jah was born into a Muslim family of griots Doumbia Moussa Fakoly on June 23, 1968 in Odienné, north-western Côte d’Ivoire. He discovered reggae at an early age, assembling his first group, Djelys, in 1987. He became well-known at a regional level, but would soon ascend to national recognition.[1]

Concerned by the social and political evolution of his country, it was not long before Tiken Jah was writing incisive works on the political environment in Côte d’Ivoire. One such work was on the death of Félix Houphouët-Boigny in 1993, which resulted in a surge of popularity amongst the nation’s youth. In 1998, Fakoly made his first international appearance in Paris.

Tiken Jah Fakoly plays music “to wake up the consciences”. His music speaks about many injustices done to the people of his country, and those over Afrika. As such, many Afrikan listeners feel a deep affinity with his lyrics as Fakoly speaks for oppressed people. This connection has helped make Tiken Jah Fakoly a much-listened artist throughout the world.

Since the rise in political instability and xenophobia in Côte d’Ivoire in recent years, Tiken Jah has been living in exile, particularly in Bamako (capital of the neighboring country of Mali) where his concerts are well-attended. In December 2007, Fakoly was declared persona non grata in Senegal after criticizing President Abdoulaye Wade.

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Societe Generale bank, Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Henri Chomette, 1955

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Akan Gold Sword Ornament in the Form of a Head

Origin: Ghana/Ivory Coast
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions:5.75” (14.6cm) high x 4.75” (12.1cm) wide
Collection: African Art
Style: Akan
Medium: Gold 

This impressive gold piece depicting a human head with spiky hair was made by one of the ethnic groups which go to make up the Akan group of Ghana. It is sensitively moulded, with almond eyes, a long nose, bared teeth and extraordinarily bushy eyebrows under hair made up of numerous small spikes attached individually to the scalp.

The Akan are a large polity made up of numerous smaller groups (Asante, Fante, Aowin, Anyi, Akye and Abron) of the former Gold Coast - now Ghana. Their society, which was founded in the 14th century, has had a very turbulent history and was involved in the 18th century federation that took a golden stool as their emblem and rose up against the European invaders. Their society is highly ritualised, with numerous gods under the main deity known as Onyame (“the Supreme One”), and a host of spirits. Descent is matrilineal, which is perhaps why so many of their sculptural works depict women. They are renowned not only for their ritual works, but also for their secular and decorative pieces which - while reflecting aspects of ritual and social life - are designed purely for aesthetic reasons.

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