Ivory Coast – Ancient Ivorian Treasure to be Returned by France
After years of being kept in France, the sacred Djidji Ayokwe drum is finally on its way back to its rightful home in the Ivory Coast. The three-metre long and 430 kg wooden instrument was confiscated by the French colonial administration in 1916 and transferred to France in 1930. Since then, it has been housed in the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, where it underwent extensive restoration.
The Talking Drum
The drum, also known as the “talking drum”, is believed to possess mystical properties and was used to communicate warning messages up to thirty kilometres around villages. It was also used to warn of dangers, mobilize for war, or summon villages to ceremonies or festivals. The drum was made in the village of Adjamé and was crucial to the musical art of the Ebriés, an ethnic group in the Ivory Coast.
Restoration of the Djidji Ayokwe Drum
The restoration of the drum was carried out in a workshop near Paris under the supervision of the Quai Branly Museum. Nathalie Richard, the head of the conservation-restoration department at the museum, stated that the drum had been badly affected by wood-eating insects which had weakened its structure. To repair the damage, the material was consolidated by impregnating it with resin carried by a solvent. The process made it possible to regain a solid structure and prevent small breakages and further damage to the drum.
Significance of the Drum’s Return
The return of the Djidji Ayokwe drum to the Ivory Coast is significant both culturally and psychologically. Hélène Joubert, head of the heritage unit of the Africa collections at the Quai Branly Museum, explained that the drum was able to transmit messages over long distances due to the tonal nature of the Ebrié language. For the people of Abidjan, the loss of the drum was felt as a loss of identity and freedom. Its return symbolizes the recovery of their identity and freedom.
The return of the drum to the Museum of Civilisation in Abidjan can only be confirmed once the French Parliament has voted on a law allowing its official return, similar to the restitution of historical pieces to Benin approved by the French Parliament in December 2020. The Djidji Ayokwe is the first of a list of 148 works that the Ivory Coast officially requested to be returned from France in late 2018.
The return of the sacred Djidji Ayokwe drum is a step towards righting the wrongs of colonialism and restoring the cultural heritage of the Ivory Coast. Its arrival will be celebrated as a significant moment in the country’s history and a testament to the power of perseverance and determination.
Côte d’Ivoire Officials Call Off Strike
The strike by Ivorian officials, which began Jan. 9, 2017 last was suspended for a month
“in order to give opportunities to the negotiations between the government and the trade unions of civil servants”
to indicated Friday, January 27 Theodore Gnagna Zadi, chair of the platform National trade unions of public sector professional organizations. On the ground, the correspondent of Burkina24 in Abidjan, noted the effectiveness of the recovery in the Ivorian public administration.
At a general assembly on Friday (January 27th) in Abidjan, the civil service unions suspended their strike for a month. Theodore Gnagna Zadi, the president of the national platform unions professional organizations in the public sector, says have
“found common ground with the government on five of the six claims. Officials now asking the government to find an agreement within a month on the salary arrears, affecting between 120 and 130 000 civil servants on 200,000 that Public Service account “ ,
This decision comes the day after a series of meetings between the trade union officials of the civil service and the Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast, Amadou Gon Coulibaly. For several months, civil servants had been protesting against certain measures of pension reform, and demanded payment of bonuses, wage arrears and wage subsidies.
Several points of agreement had been found with the government but the point of stumbling where an agreement remains to be found is the issue of wage arrears.
Kouamé L.-Ph. Arnaud KOUAKOU
Ivory Coast: RTI, the DG accused of mismanagement
RTI, the DG accused of mismanagement by officials seeking his departure The appointment of Ahmadou Bacon May 23, 2013, as general manager of the Ivorian television (RTI) broadcast sparked hope for the agents. After more than three years of management, this young manager is the subject of fierce criticism from some of its employees who wish to even his departure.
According to information in our possession, these agents of television demand the departure of the DG because it would not be worth relation to approximate the company management and its lack of respect for employees. “It handles Search RTI as a family business while he has no experience,” said an officer joining date the writing of KOACI.COM.
Agents who now want to skin the DG accused him of not respecting the commitments it takes. “The advancements of the agents are blocked. Since he is at the head of the company, it pays advancements according to his moods while he signed agreements with the staff representatives that unfortunately are not respected,”said the same source.
She argues that Ahmadou Bakayoko taunting officers asking them to rebel if their advancements are not paid. Next to the non-payment of advances, as shown, the DG employees accuse him of squandering the resources of the company. “He did achieve a marquee in the course of television that cost $ 120 million CFA FRANCS. “He also bought a show called Inter City to close to 500 million FCFA, which has reported anything to the company,” says always our interlocutor who wanted to remain anonymous.
These costly achievements, must be added the recruitment of agents who are dearly paid. “Three officers of the BNETD have been recruited by the DG for reasons which we know. People have been loose for functions that they do not assume and become social cases,”he says. As if that wasn’t enough, we learn from another source that the tarp covering the unfinished building of Television would have cost 32 million CFA FRANCS.
Ahmadou Bakayoko disappointed officials acknowledge that it is the single “crooked” DG Search RTI RTI has experienced since its inception. “He has no jurisdiction in audiovisual, he is forced to use the resources of the company to recruit people. “We have too many problems to the RTI, the DG is far from being a manager,” recalled a staff representative who wanted to remain anonymous. In principle tomorrow, the DG will meet with officers of the Television. We learned that this will meet in General Assembly this day because they plan to go on strike in the coming days. Wassimagnon, Abidjan Koaci
Cote d’ivoire – The Ivorian TV series ‘my family’ is back on screens in a season 2
Launched in 2002, then stopped five years later, the Ivorian series ‘My family’ prepares to make his return to the screens.
Through 300 new episodes of 26 minutes, the new series, renamed “My family”, “takes us back with relish in the woes of the domestic life of the mythical duo Delta-Bohiri (husband and wife in the series) and many mistresses that revolve around Mr ‘, says the actress and Director Ivorian Delphine Akissi Luis, that everyone calls”Akissi Delta.
“The logical extension of the first season.
“This second season is a continuation, it is the logical continuation of the first,” judge Director Recalling that the series embraces the African social issues such as education, health, the traditions, and sexuality.
“My family will highlight the daily activity of Africa from down below that takes place in the common courses in Côte d’Ivoire (from tenants of different families often live in the same house or concession), with implausible rumors, gossip, lies…”. “, notes the Director, Tano Kouadio
A budget of EUR 1.5 million
Side financing, producers of A +, the African Group Canal + channel, and the RTI television channel put the package to be at the height of the event. Budget about 1 billion CFA francs (1.5 million euros).
And to hear Ken Adamo, artist-musician, and author of the credits, there is something for everyone. “Actors affect a good seal, in contrast to the first season where the adventure had wagered on volunteerism.
The series is by far, in any case, because its main star, Akissi Delta, almost “succumbed” during the post-election crisis in Ivory Coast 2010 – 2011, bloody ending to a decade of political and military crisis. She accused “villains and cookies” for trying to manipulate her and pushing her to attempt suicide.
Today, the actress is fulfilling. She old illiterate life of maid at the age of 15 years that inspired part of the series, notes with pride have been “invited to the table of many heads of State”, in Mali, Congo and Gabon, including.
Akissi now has a hidden ambition, another great role, in real life this time: thanks to her fame, she wants to be “the godmother of the elementary school”, the flagship project of the Ivorian Government.
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