Cocoa production in Ivory Coast

epa04795498 Farmers from Ivory Coast work with cacao beans at a farm in South West Ivory Coast, 12 June 2015. Cocao the main ingredient of chocolate is a highly profitable crop in West Africa. Ivory Coast leads the world in production and export of the cocoa beans supplying 33 percent of cocoa produced in the world. Recent allegations of child labour on Cocao planations in West Africa has tainted the industry posing questions over the ethics of West African farmers. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Tour of Ivory Coast cycle race

epa03900270 A photograph made available 07 October 2013 shows the pelaton in action during the final stage of the 20th edition of the UCI Tour of Ivory Coast cycle race between Adzopé and Abidjan, Ivory Coast 06 October 2013. The Tour of Ivory Coast between 27 September and 06 October sees top African and international riders tackling Ivory Coasts hot and challenging conditions in a tour that has also been dubbed The Tour of Reconciliation following Ivory Coast recent troubled past. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Generation festival in Ivory Coast

epa03844494 A photograph made available 31 August 2013 shows an Ivorian man dancing during the Generation festival in Anono, Ivory Coast, 29 August 2013. The three century old festival honours the Ebrie people, members of the ethnic group Akan, who are best known for the large kingdom of Ashante, which evolved into what is now Ghana. The western most Akan peoples, the Agni, Baoul, and several smaller groups are descendants of people who fled from Ashante and now make up about one fifth of the Ivorian population. Each year the Ebrie gather to honour their ancestry. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Carnival of Bonoua

epa05252326 Ivoriens take part in a parade on the last day of the 35th Popo Carnival in Bonoua, 60km south of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 09 April 2016 (issued 10 April). The carnival of Bonoua is the Ivoirians version of Mardi Gras running for a week and is one of the most well attended events in the Ivory Coast. Derived from at first a celebration of the cultural heritage of the Aboure people, the Popo Carnival involves gastronomic competitions, Miss pageants, sports days, a festival of traditional dances and reflection workshops on Popo museum amongst other activities. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

8th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

epa04108964 The image made available on 04 March 2014 shows contemporary dancer Rochdi Belgasmi from Tunisia performing during the 8th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 03 March 2014. MASA is a program of cultural development of African Performing Arts formally established at the Second Conference of Ministers of Culture and Francophonie held in Liege, Belgium in 1990. Francophone Ministers meeting then took the decision to create the market to strengthen the capacity of African professionals performing arts including music, theater, dance and allow access of African productions and their artists to the international market. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Ivorian fishermen in Abidjan

epa05519792 An Ivorian fisherman heads out into the sea during sunrise in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 02 September 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Security situation in Burkina Faso

epa04474287 A boy from Burkina Faso cycles past burned vehicles damaged during violent demonstrations by pro democracy protesters that led to the resignation of President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 03 November 2014. President Blaise Compaore resigned on 31 October 2014 following the violent protests against his bid to change the constitution to extend his rule of 27 years. After a brief claim to power by army General Honore Traore a power struggle ensued with Presidential guard commander Lieutenat-Colonel Isaac Zida being appointed as transitional leader. Thousands of protesters took to the Place de la Nation on 02 November in protest against the military rule. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Ivory Coast supporters celebrate victory

epa04610667 Supporters of Ivory Coast's national soccer team celebrate in the streets of Abidjan after their team beat Ghana in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament held in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Abidjan, Ivory Coast 09 February 2015. Ivory Coast defeated Ghana in a penalty shoot out to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament the first time since 1992. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Abidjan marathon

epa05026975 A runner competes in the first edition of the Abidjan Marathon, Ivory Coast, 15 November 2015. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Ivory coast fishing

epa05306519 An Ivorian fisherman prepares his fishing nets on a boat in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 14 May 2016. Reports state that heavy fishing by international companies has put great pressure on traditional fishing communities. Marked as one of the main causes of the lack of fish in West African waters - deals that were struck during the last 50 years between the West African countries and countries with governments of largest fishing fleets from Europe and Asia. These offers have benefited the West African governments financially but not the people they govern. Foreign countries with fertile fishing grounds have been accused of over-exploitation of resources and ultimately deplete fishing stocks once the livelihoods of artisanal fishers. Often, in the communities of traditional fishermen, fish are an important source of food, and fishing is a way of life and the basis for the local cultures. As fish populations decline, stocks move offshore, making them inaccessible to small scale artisanal fishermen who do not have the equipment to access stocks. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Market for African Performing Arts

epa05196325 Performers from Ivory Coast take part in the 9th edition of the Market for African Performing Arts (MASA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 05 March 2016. The first edition of MASA has developed into one of the leading events on the Ivorian creative calendar showcasing contemporary creation in Africa with a programme that includes theatre, dance, humour, music and storytelling from the 5th to the 12th of March 2016. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Ceremony to honour victims of Grand Bassam terror attack

epa05249725 Ivorian soldiers carry a coffin of a victim in the Grand Bassam beach attack during a ceremony to honour the victims in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 08 April 2016. According to reports, fourteen civilians and six assailants were killed on 13 March 2016 when gunmen opened fire on guests on the beach at the Etoile du Sud hotel in the town of Grand Bassam which is popular with foreigners. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Among those killed were a French and German national. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Earth Day feature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

epa03192275 A photo made available 22 April 2012 of houses being perched on the edge of an eroded cliff in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 21 April 2012. The same day 22 April worldwide is recognized as 'Earth Day' aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Demonstrations in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

epa02613137 Ivorians burn tyres and blockade roads to stop forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo during demonstrations in the Abobo neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 03 March 2011. Security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo clinging to power in Ivory Coast fatally shot six women protesting his refusal to leave office in widespread protest actions across the city as the crisis deepens. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA

Praying for peace in Abidjan

epa02507706 Ivorian pray for peace during a prayer meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 27 December 2010. Ivory Coast was plunged into violence which the United Nations said has killed at least 173 people after a Gbagbo ally on the constitutional council overturned Ouattara's election victory last month. EPA/LEGNAN KOULA
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