Ivory Coast Flag
History of the Ivory Coast Flag
The Ivory Coast flag features three vertical bands in the colors of orange, white, and green. It is a tricolor flag which was derived from the French Tricolor. There are various meanings that have been attributed to the colors of the Ivory Coast Flag. One interpretation is that the green color represents the forests and greenery within the country, the orange color represents the Savannah, and the white color represents the rivers of the country.
When the Ivorian Legislative Assembly were in the process of adopting the flag, Jean Delafosse (minister of State) claimed: "The National Emblem must be the living symbol of the fatherland. Orange, recalling the color of our rich and generous earth; It is the meaning of our struggle, the blood of a young people in our struggle for emancipation. White, peace, but the peace of right. Green, hope, of course, for others; but for us, the certainty of a better future."
The Ivory Coast flag was adopted on December 3rd, 1959 and was still used even after the country gained full independence in 1960. The Ivory Coast is a country in West Africa that shares borders with Guinea, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital city is "Yamoussoukro" but the largest city in the country is "Abidjan" which used to be the capital city. The country inherited its name as it is the biggest producer of ivory, which used to be sold there.
The ivory was what first attracted the Europeans (mainly the Portuguese and the French) to the country. The French eventually built settlements there and in 1842, the Ivory Coast became a French Protectorate until it became part of the French Colony from March 10th, 1893 up to its independence in 1960. In 1958, the Ivory Coast was declared a republic but remained within the French community which is why the flag was adopted earlier. In 1986, the Ivory Coast was officially renamed to "Cote D'Ivoire."
The Ivory Coast is a beautiful country that is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, as well as landmarks and monuments. It is renowned for two beaches, which are the Grand Bassam Beach and the Aasouinde Beach due to the crystal-clear waters and white sand. The capital, Yamoussoukro, is home to the "Basilica of our Lady Peace." This is the largest church in the world and can accommodate 1800 people. Abidjan is home to another famous cathedral, "St. Paul's Cathedral" which is the second largest cathedral in Africa.
The two most famous parks on the Ivory Coast are "Comoe National Park" which is home to the largest protected area in West Africa and the "Tai National Park," which is the last remaining part of primary rain forest that is left in West Africa.
Cote d Ivoire National Anthem
Song of Abidjan (L'Abidjanaise)
We salute you, O land of hope,
Country of hospitality;
Thy full gallant legions
Have restored thy dignity.
Beloved Ivory Coast, thy sons,
Humble builders of thy greatness,
All not mustered together for thy glory,
In joy will we construct thee.
Humble citizens of the Ivory Coast, the country call us.
If we have brought back liberty peacefully,
It will be our duty to be an example
Of the hope promised to humanity,
Forging unitedly in new faith
The Fatherland of true brotherhood.