Cote d’Ivoire National Anthem

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Anthem History

It was adopted in 1960 and remains the national anthem, even though the capital city is no longer Abidjan. The words are by Mathieu Ekra, Joachim Bony, and Pierre Marie Coty. Coty also composed the music along with Pierre Michel Pango.

Anthem Lyrics

L'Abidjanaise (Song of Abidjan)


French lyrics

Salut ô terre d'espérance;

Pays de l'hospitalité.

Tes légions remplies de vaillance

Ont relevé ta dignité.

Tes fils, chère Côte d'Ivoire,

Fiers artisans de ta grandeur,

Tous rassemblés pour ta gloire

Te bâtiront dans le bonheur.

Fiers Ivoiriens, le pays nous appelle.

Si nous avons dans la paix ramené la liberté,

Notre devoir sera d'être un modèle

De l'espérance promise à l'humanité,

En forgeant, unie dans la foi nouvelle,

La patrie de la vraie fraternité.

Anthem Lyrics English

We salute thee, land of hope,

Country of hospitality;

Thy gallant legions

Have restored thy dignity.

Beloved Ivory Coast, thy sons,

Proud builders of thy greatness,

All gathered together for thy glory,

In joy will construct thee.

Proud citizens of the Ivory Coast, the country calls us.

If we have brought back liberty peacefully,

It will be our duty to be an example

Of the hope promised to humanity,

Forging, united in new faith,

The homeland of true brotherhood.

Cote d’Ivoire Flag

Flag Date of Adoption 4 December 1959
Flag Symbolism three equal vertical bands of orange (hoist side), white, and green; similar to the flag of Ireland, which is longer and has the colors reversed - green (hoist side), white, and orange; also similar to the flag of Italy, which is green (hoist side), white, and red; design was based on the flag of France

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