Apollo 11: Message from President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Message of good will from President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on the occasion of the first steps on the Moon of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, 50 years ago.

In 2018, James R. Hansen recounts in the preface to a reissue of First Man – The First Man on the Moon, an interview he had in 2009 with Neil Armstrong, during which he was quoted the three messages that most impressed him:

  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny for Côte d’Ivoire;
  • Baudouin for Belgium;
  • José Joaquín Trejos Fernández for Costa Rica.

Message:

I am very thankful for NASA’s kind attention in offering me the
services of the first human messenger to set foot on the Moon and
carry the words of the Ivory Coast.

I would hope that when this passenger from the sky leaves
man’s imprint on lunar soil, he will feel how proud we are to
belong to the generation which has accomplished this feat.

I hope also that he would tell the Moon how beautiful it is
when it illuminates the nights of the Ivory Coast.

I especially wish that he would turn towards our planet
Earth and cry out how insignificant the problems which torture
men are, when viewed from up there.

May his word, descending from the sky, find in the Cosmos
the force and light which will permit him to convince humanity
of the beauty of progress in brotherhood and peace.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research 2019

Mr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, is the winner of the 2019 edition of the UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for the peace research.
He was appointed on April 29, 2019 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the new jury of this prize consisting of:
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Chair of the Jury (Liberia),
Mr. Forest Whitaker, actor, director and producer, Founder of the NGO Peace and Develop Initiative, Special Envoy of UNESCO (United States of America),
His Excellency Mr. François Hollande, former President of the French Republic, former laureate of the Houphouët-Boigny Prize, Vice-President of the Jury (France),
S.A.S Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Princess of Jordan, UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (Kingdom of Jordan),
Mr. Michel Camdessus, former director of the International Monetary Fund (France).
Professor Muhammad Yunus, economist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (Bangladesh).

Public Lecture on Houphouetology or 33 Years of Côte d’Ivoire History – Video

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organizes, as part of the activities of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Year marking the 25th anniversary of the death of the father of the modern Ivory Coast, a conference on the theme: "Houphouetology or 33 years of the history of Côte d’Ivoire" hosted by Mr Rudolf Egnankou Anwumboh on Friday, December 07, 2018 from 4 pm in Yamoussoukro.

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Centenary of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odonto-Stomatology of Dakar

The celebrations marking the Centenary of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odonto-Stomatology (OPCF) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) of Dakar, which were sponsored by President Félix HouphouëtBoigny took place from December 1 to 7, 2018 The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) took part and was represented by a delegation led by Prof. Jean-Noël LOUCOU, Secretary General of the said institution. It should be noted that the FPMO is the result of the School of Medicine of French West Africa (AOF) created in 1918 where “the Father of the Ivorian Nation” came out major of its promotion in 1925. Effect, the The theme of these festivities was: “from the African School of Medicine to the OPCF”. This centenary coincides with the Houphouët-Boigny Year commemorating the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of the “Sage of Africa”.

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Conference on Houphouetology

On December 7, 2018, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for the Search for Peace (FHB Foundation) closed the Houphouët-Boigny Year by holding a conference on the theme: “Houphouetology or 33 years of existence of the history of Ivory Coast “. This lecture was animated by Mr. Rudolf EGNANKOU, director and passionate of the “Apostle of peace” in front of a large number of students and students of the city of Yamoussoukro. One could also note the presence of the administrative and religious authorities, like the Monseigneur Alexis TOUABLY, Bishop of Agboville and Administrator of the Diocese of Yamoussoukro.

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Mass of Thanksgiving Memory of Felix Houphouet-Boigny

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for the Search for Peace organized a Mass of Thanksgiving in memory on December 7, 2018 in Notre Dame Basilica. Peace of Yamoussoukro. In the presence of the President of the Republic, HE Mr. Alassane OUATTARA, his wife Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, several members of the government and supporters of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), the party he founded, a prayer been said for the rest of the illustrious man.

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Mass of Thanksgiving in memory of Félix Houphouët-Boigny

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, a Thanksgiving Mass will be held in his memory on Friday, December 7, 2018, in the #Yamoussoukro Notre Dame de la Paix Basilica at 10:30 am.

Public Conference on Houphouetology

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organizes, as part of the activities of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Year marking the 25th anniversary of the death of the father of the modern Ivory Coast, a conference on the theme: “Houphouetology or 33 years of the history of Côte d’Ivoire” hosted by Mr Rudolf Egnankou Anwumboh on Friday, December 07, 2018 from 4 pm in Yamoussoukro.