FEBRUARY 11, 2012 5:47PM

Women Sing To Remember in Ivory Coast

Here is a link to a guest post of mine on the magical, multifarious Afropop Blog. If you haven't yet met up with Afropop on the radio or the web, check it out. It's a goldmine for any and all  Africa-related music .

 My story is about a song that women market… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2011 10:09AM

Gbagbo Arrested!

Gbagbo cropped    Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president of Ivory Coast, has been arrested by the armed forces and taken to the Golf Hotel with his wife Simone. Gbagbo rejected multiple chances to negotiate a “dignified” departure. 

In Ivory Coast, the cellphone networ… Read full post »

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APRIL 10, 2011 2:33PM

Gbagbo: The Mad Baker of Abidjan

Gbagbo election banner


         The Mad Baker


   Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to be ex-president of Ivory Coast, is called The Baker because somehow he always manages to roll his enemies in flour. To roll someone in flour means toRead full post »

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APRIL 4, 2011 3:29PM

Abidjan: One Uncounted Death


Zoumana Koné nicknamed Chékoroba (Old Man)

1985 - 2011


            Old Man was the one we all worried about. He was stuck in Abobo, the neighborhood Gbagbo’s militias targeted and t… Read full post »

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MARCH 31, 2011 6:07PM

Ivory Coast: As Gbagbo's World Crumbled, State TV Played On

girls hand clap game 


            Thursday, as pro-Ouattara Invisible Commandos emerged from their hiding places in the neighborhoods of Abidjan and the head of Gbagbo’s armed forces abandoned him, the state television station RTI broadcast a story abou… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2011 11:43AM

Civil War Comes Calling in Ivory Coast

Defaced Gbagbo Election BillboardA dictator holed up in the presidential palace who refuses to give up power, whose soldiers fire mortars into urban neighborhoods and shoot at peaceful protestors, who is out of touch and claims his people support him… An army advancing toward the capital to force him out&hellip…

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MARCH 22, 2011 5:23PM

While the World Watches Libya, Abidjan Flees

cohesion socialeWhile the world watches Libya, the people of Abidjan are fleeing their homes. Their city is a war zone. Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo shoot mortar rounds into their neighborhoods.

            And it is about to get worse: thousands of… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2011 10:59PM

The High Price of Onions in Ivory Coast

cayenne pepper

Thursday morning, I called my friend Gnéré in Ivory Coast. She is trapped in Abobo, caught between the soldiers of the former president determined to stay in power at all costs, Laurent Gbagbo, and the so-called invisible commandos that are fighting back. Abobo is a city withi/… Read full post »

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MARCH 12, 2011 11:11PM

Dark Nights in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

 Ado supporter in Abobo street from back

            On a Sunday afternoon in late October, a week before the first round of the presidential election in Ivory Coast, I strolled the streets of Abobo with a young woman I will call Gnéré. She is a schoolteache/… Read full post »