Five things Ivory Coast’s first president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, will be remembered for

Nduta Waweru December 07, 2018

Photo: Trip Down Memory Lane

He was against a unified Africa

Just like his inspiration, French president Charles de Gaulle who did not want a unified Europe, Houphouët-Boigny was against a united Africa as proposed by Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah. He was more concerned about the Ivory Coast, which had just gained independence from France.

He was however not against the formation of African institutions over which he could have control.


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