Abidjan, Ivory Coast
When you make it in Abidjan, you have made it in the entire West African region.
Located on the lagoon Ebrié, and Known as "Paris of Africa" or "The Manhattan of West African", because of its proximity to the sea, and the successful commerce and banking industry. Legends have it that Abidjan started as Fisherman Town, and now is the economic capital of the Ivory Coast with predominantly French-speaking residents, and a population of over four million, including over 20% migrant workers.
This bird's eye view of Abidjan has a vantage point of Cocody and the Hotel Ivoire (which is one of the central attractions of the Abidjan) to the left. In the middle of the image, you see the district of Trechville, and to the right is the district of Plateau. The image was taken from the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral (a Roman Catholic Cathedral).
Abidjan is the center for gardens, museums, arts and crafts makers, libraries, and the stadium Felix Houphouet-Boigny (the multi-purpose stadium that hosts soccer games, rugby, and concerts). Legend has it that the name "Abidjan" arose from a miscommunication between a local and Westerner who was asking for directions.
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