Exploring Africa: Madagascar and the baobab path

Slowly but surely, more and more countries are reopening their boundaries to foreign tourists, even more widely open provided you are vaccinated against the coronavirus disease. The sanitary crisis, still a scourge in too many places like the West Indies or South-East Asia, is nevertheless starting to slow down in regions where the vaccination is meeting success.  In Europe, most countries of the European Union … Continue reading Exploring Africa: Madagascar and the baobab path

Mosty, Mr Luck: Ivorian rap as a reference to the (good) old days

This is a pleasant paradox which is more than welcome in the era of autotune rap: making something new with something from the past. By using old tracks, sonorities and beats from the 90s and beginning of the 2000s, contemporary rap singers of Ivory Coast have been shaking the movement and meeting a large audience at the same time. Two of them, Mosty and Mr … Continue reading Mosty, Mr Luck: Ivorian rap as a reference to the (good) old days

Surgical Haller

French Ivorian striker Sébastien Haller does not do things by halves. For the sake of the first day of Champions’ League season 2021/2022, the most prestigious football competition for clubs and the one every single player wants to play, the Ajax Amsterdam forward was one fire. The first game of Ajax in the tournament ended up in a genuine demonstration on the lands of Sporting … Continue reading Surgical Haller

Coup in Guinea: a whole in uncertainty

West Africa is suffering bustle and violent political change right now. After Mali earlier this year, this is the turn of Guinea to undergo a coup that puts all the country, one of the less developed in Africa and in the world despite massive resources, in deep uncertainty for the next weeks and months. President Apha Condé was captured by the rebels who set up … Continue reading Coup in Guinea: a whole in uncertainty

Covid-19 update: the third wave hits Africa

Summertime unfolds between ice creams, restaurants along the beach and mojitos, and sometimes makes us forget about what occurs on our planet, but the sanitary situation keeps being worrying in a lot of regions. In the West Indies, some medical help was sent from metropolitan France to try to hold back the spread of the virus in a region where beds are lacking in the … Continue reading Covid-19 update: the third wave hits Africa

CAN 2022: Algeria and Ivory Coast in the same group

The drawing lots of the 2022 African Cup of Nations hosted by Cameroon took place last Tuesday in Yaoundé. On that August 17th, former Ivorian striker Didier Drogba witnessed and participated to a drawing lots that will be interesting to see on the pitch, with a few fierce oppositions for the top teams of the continent. The CAN 2022, postponed due to the coronavirus disease … Continue reading CAN 2022: Algeria and Ivory Coast in the same group

Olympic Games: Tokyo without the fans

This was somewhat feared given the current sanitary situation in Japan, but the axe has eventually fallen: the 2021 Olympic Games, initially planned in 2020 and postponed because of the pandemic, will be held in Tokyo, Japan, without any people in the stands. No people, no fans coming from any single part of the world to support their athletes, this is the price to pay … Continue reading Olympic Games: Tokyo without the fans

A Lion in Paris

Moroccan right back Achraf Hakimi leaves Inter Milan for Paris Saint-Germain. Freshly crowned champion of Italian Serie A with Antonio Conte as a coach, the former Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund defender will now follow his destiny in Paris, where big players keep on being expected, sometimes contrary to common sense, to win the Champions’ League. Recruited from Inter Milan for 70 million euros and … Continue reading A Lion in Paris

Euro 2021: Bad day for Swiss and Breel Embolo

Switzerland of striker Breel-Donald Embolo will not make it twice. After having eliminated the French world champions in round of sixteen in an incredible game that saw them come back from 1-3 to 3-3 in the last minutes, the Swiss squad got kicked out of the Euro 2020 tournament yesterday July 2 in quarter finals against another top team, Spain. Swiss forward Breel Embolo, Cameroonian … Continue reading Euro 2021: Bad day for Swiss and Breel Embolo

Laurent Gbagbo back in Ivory Coast, before going back to politics?

The return home was more than expected by millions of Ivorian people, still fully supportive of Laurent Gbagbo after a few years spent in Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium) to attempt (successfully) to prove his innocence in the aftermath of the crisis 2010-2011. Acquitted by the court of appeal of the International Criminal Court on March 31, the former president of Ivory Coast (2000-2010) was thus … Continue reading Laurent Gbagbo back in Ivory Coast, before going back to politics?