An Overview of Abidjan

Abidjan is the economic and former official capital of Côte d’Ivoire. In 2011, it was named the largest city in the nation and the third largest French speaking city in the world. Considered a cultural hub of West Africa, Abidjan is characterized by a high level of industrialization and urbanization. In 2006, Côte d’Ivoire authorities published that the city had over 5.1 million residents. While Yamoussoukro is the current capital, Abidjan still retains most of the government offices and foreign embassies.

Abidjan is composed of two parts (northern Abidjan and southern Abidjan) with ten communes. The traditional language of the city is Ébrié, however, the official language in Abidjan is French. Most mass media in the Côte d’Ivoire can be found in Abidjan – including West Africa’s music labels, national television and press, radio stations, and cinema.

Religion in Abidjan
A survey in 2001 concluded that Muslims made up 35-40% of the population; indigenous, tribal religions made up 25-40%; and Christians the remaining 20-30%. Many Ivoirians practice local religions, which are infused with elements of Christianity and Islam. Most tribal religions base their worship around ancestral spirits. (source)

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