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April 24, 2009

Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny

Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny (born 1931) was the First Lady of the Ivory Coast from 1960 to 1993. Her husband was Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first President of Côte d'Ivoire.

She was one of six children, and was educated and living in France where she met Félix Houphouët-Boigny, some 25 years older than her and then married.

Houphouët-Boigny caught the eye of the media as a woman of beauty and grace after a 1962 visit to the Kennedy White House, and was dubbed "Africa's Jackie" by a starstruck media.

In 1987, while still First Lady, she founded the N'Daya International Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and education of children in Africa. As the Foundation's president, she lead numerous projects in support of children.

In 1990, she helped create and produce a cartoon, Kimboo, to offer cartoon heroes to African children. source


Anonymous said...

i know its been a minute since i've checked you out. this was a really nice post though. i am always amazed at how much conscious Africans or those of us who are concerned with the betterment of ourselves and our people are always kept from each other.

constant recognition and celebration of ourselves is needed. especially in this day and age when a majority of the images of us are not controlled and distributed by us.

Fly Girl said...

I love this post! I kept looking at the name and couldn't remember where I knew it from. Thanks for the reminder!


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