Ten years after the post-election crisis, this small town north of Abidjan has become more frequent. But the death of her mayor Hamed Bakayoko put her into trouble.
They never thought they would see this in their lives. On Tuesday, May 4, cheers were high. “Today and for a few hours, Abobo’s modern high school is the heart of the world!”, Mariam Dao Gabala was launched in front of a group of excited students. The Chairman of the Standardization Committee of the Côte d’Ivoire Football Federation (FIF) accompanied world football experts Gianni Infantino and Patrice Motsepe as the presidents of the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the African Football Federation (CAF), but they are also the star Didier Drogba. (Didier Drogba).
All of them participated in the Pan-African inter-school competition that started this month in several countries on the African continent.The ceremony not long ago was unimaginable In this popular town north of Abidjan, I am more used to negative superlatives! It is the most densely populated area (approximately 1.5 million inhabitants) and the poorest and most dangerous area in the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire. The post-election crisis from 2010 to 2011 brought the current President Alassane Ouattara (Alassane Ouattara) into conflict with his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo (Laurent Gbagbo). Ten years later, the authorities, artists, entrepreneurs and the world of society All efforts to demonize the region have paid a heavy price for this conflict.
Obou’s colorful murals accompany the tourists’ desire to rebirth, and the new slogan of the city is painted on the wall- «Aboboêzo» (Abobo is beautiful), “Happy Abobo” -Let people forget the past labels. Because of the nickname, the town has become widely known. In 1976, GbakaThe author of Daouda le Sentimental sang the two poor communes in Abidjan: “Apobo Lagure, Yopogon Labakal.” Clashes between rival groups in the 1990s followed the partition of the country in the 2000s. Then, when the post-electoral crisis out, Abobo became “Abobo-Baghdad”, a battleground between the “invisible commando” led by rebel IB, favorable Go to Ouattara and the faithful army, pro-Gbagbo. The conflict caused the deaths of hundreds of victims.
Cherif Camara grew up there. With the help of Les Enfants d’Abobo, The 26-year-old entrepreneur was founded in April 2020 to provide social and humanitarian support to the most disadvantaged families. On his Facebook page of nearly 140,000 people, he invested a lot of energy to promote the transformation of towns. “It feels like Kokody [une commune huppée d’Abidjan], This is indeed a beautiful city”, He said in the live video of the PK 18 area that modern houses and small villas are being built here. The Ebimpé Olympic Stadium (60,000 seats) opened in 2020 has brought a new attraction, and the subway line project should gradually become a reality in a few years.
Since March 2020, in more places in the city center, we have discovered the Adama-Toungara (MuCAT) Museum of Contemporary Culture. Bold bet. “We hope to bring culture to the poor and eliminate the stereotypes of the rich in art. When the saleswoman or housewife comes in, we tell ourselves that we have reached our goal.”, The museum guide Jean-Michel Gnaga argues. In the two main rooms, works by Ivorian artists or artists who have traveled through Abidjan from 1957 to the present are displayed. Among the 200 daily tourists, most are students, 60% of which are from Abobo, and the rest are from other cities in Abidjan. Signs indicate that the city is becoming more and more convenient and therefore more frequent.