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Did You Know The Government of Cote d’Ivoire Doesn’t Want Anyone Calling Them Ivory Coast?

People continue to refuse to do what was asked of the Cote d’Ivoire

TB Obwoge
2 min readOct 21, 2023


Saturday, 21 October 2023

By: TB Obwoge

I was insulted by several Africans for about 2 days, I tried to explain by giving them links, screenshots and even wrote an entire article but I still continue to get insulted. Like when I said it’s 56 countries in Africa, because the African Union has 55 members and Somaliland is a country.

Not only is Somaliland a country, but it has a government, a military, a flag but the world outside of the 42 or 44 countries of the United Nations won’t accept that it’s a real country. Not even African influencers.

They visit every country except for the 2 countries that the United Nations doesn’t accept as being “real countries”, but for people to insult me is really annoying.

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Back in 1985 Cote d’Ivoire informed the United Nations that it’s official name was always to be Cote d’Ivoire. It’s actually illegal in the country to use the name Ivory Coast.

However many people refuse to use their official name because Ivory Coast is the English translation.

This is also seen with Cameroon and Cameoun, as well as Chad and Tchad. Also The Gambia is really “The Gambia” not “Gambia”, however people also are refusing to say the before saying Gambia.

These may seem like trivial things, however how would you feel if people didn’t call you by your given name? I am always amazed by how many people will insult you even after you provide proof, but to outright refuse to call a country by it’s name is just weird.

This is what someone posted on Quora;

Ivory Coast is a former French colony. So, the official language is French. Côte d’Ivoire literally means coast of ivory. A few decades ago, the country’s leader decided that since Sierra Leone (Lion Mountain) wasn’t translated, Côte d’Ivoire shouldn’t be translated either.

The country can’t be translated into any other name besides it’s actual name of Côte d’Ivoire.

However this is what is posted on the United Nations website;

Côte d’Ivoire

In 1985, Ivory Coast informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Côte d’Ivoire.

Source: United Nations



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