Donation Ceremony at the Mié-N’Gou Center – Photos

On Friday, February 28, 2020, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, headed by its Secretary General, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU, proceeded to the handover of an amount of 2 million CFA francs to the Mié N’Gou Functional Rehabilitation Center in Yamoussoukro, thanks to the financial support of the National Lottery of Côte d’Ivoire LONACI. This grant will enable the center, established by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny in 1978, to carry out the most urgent rehabilitation work on its buildings. This social action aims at perpetuating the work of the Apostle of Peace.

Commemoration of December 7

Commemoration of December 7

Thanksgiving Mass for the repose of the soul of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Date: December 7, 2019

Place: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

Study Day in Tribute to President Auguste Denise – Videos

Tribute Study Day to President Auguste Denise, Ivorian statesman, Companion of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny's journey
Date: November 30, 2019
Location: Foundation Headquarters

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JOURNEE D’ETUDE EN HOMMAGE AU PRESIDENT AUGUSTE DENISE, HOMME D’ETAT IVOIRIEN, COMPAGNON DE ROUTE DU PRESIDENT FELIX HOUPHOUET-BOIGNYDate : 30 novembre 2019Lieu : Siège de la Fondation#FONDATIONFHB #AUGUSTEDENISE #FELIXHOUPHOUETBOIGNY #CI #CIV #CI225 #CIV225 #HISTOIRE #POLITIQUE #INDEPENDANCE #COLONISATION #YAMOUSSOUKRO #ABIDJAN

Gepostet von La Fondation Félix Houphouët-Boigny pour la Recherche de la Paix am Samstag, 30. November 2019
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JOURNEE D’ETUDE EN HOMMAGE AU PRESIDENT AUGUSTE DENISE, HOMME D’ETAT IVOIRIEN, COMPAGNON DE ROUTE DU PRESIDENT FELIX HOUPHOUET-BOIGNYDate : 30 novembre 2019Lieu : Siège de la Fondation#FONDATIONFHB #AUGUSTEDENISE #FELIXHOUPHOUETBOIGNY #CI #CIV #CI225 #CIV225 #HISTOIRE #POLITIQUE #INDEPENDANCE #COLONISATION #YAMOUSSOUKRO #ABIDJAN

Gepostet von La Fondation Félix Houphouët-Boigny pour la Recherche de la Paix am Samstag, 30. November 2019

Tribute Study Day to President Auguste Denise – 30 11 2019

On Saturday, November 30, 2019, a study day was held in Yamoussoukro in tribute to President Auguste Denise. Organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation), this scientific meeting which brought together politicians, academics, students and civil society personalities with the notable presence of President Auguste Denise’s family celebrated. It was an opportunity to perpetuate the memory of this Ivorian statesman and companion of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This celebration is part of an overall policy of immortalizing the former collaborators of the first President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, whose merits are not sufficiently highlighted.

The opening ceremony was punctuated by three speeches. Opening the series of speeches, Mr Wilson BEUGRÉ, representing the Mayor of the commune of Yamoussoukro, after words of welcome, welcomed the choice of Yamoussoukro for the celebration of the illustrious companion of Houphouët-Boigny through the many scientific contributions. Speaking after Mr Wilson BEUGRé, Professor Jean-Noël LOUCOU, Secretary General of the FHB Foundation, welcomed all the participants for their presence, before situating the challenge of this scientific meeting: to introduce Auguste Denise, former companion of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, and to reflect on the place of the historical figure, of the individual in history, which has been and still is subject to debate within French and world historiography. Closing the series of speeches, Me Stéphane RICHMOND, representing the Auguste Denise family, expressed his gratitude and that of his family to the FHB Foundation, and more particularly to the Secretary General of the Foundation and his collaborators, for having devoted this study day to the work of President Auguste Denise. At the end of these speeches, Mr. Marius NIANGORAN, representing the Prefect of Yamoussoukro, opened the study day.

The work was carried out in two panels which dealt with the following themes:

  • Panel 1: “Auguste Denise, the politician”.
  • Panel 2: “The Government of Auguste Denise facing the economic and social challenge (1957-1959)”.

14 papers were delivered as follows: 6 papers for panel 1 and 8 papers for panel 2.

This study day allowed us to understand a little more about the personality of one of the most illustrious companions of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. “Auguste Denise, the efficient politician”; “Auguste Denise, the actor of the economic and social promotion of Côte d’Ivoire”; “Auguste Denise, the discreet man with a high sense of sacrifice for the well-being of all and a devotion devoid of any spirit of revenge” are all facets of the man that the various papers have helped to discover. The Secretary General of the Foundation said about this icon: “In the pantheon of our national heroes, Auguste Denise must have the rightful place he deserves through his successful political commitment, his nationalism and patriotism, his virtues as a man of goodness and honour”.

This scientific meeting ended with the presentation of certificates of participation to all those who presented papers.

Dinner-Gala – Presentation of the FHB Research Award – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organised on October 17 and 18, 2019 the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. These days ended in the evening of October 18, 2019 with a gala dinner at the FHB Foundation which was enhanced by the effective presence of the former First Lady Mrs Henriette Konan Bédié. During this dinner, the winners of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Award were honoured. It is about:

  • Dr. Charles Gadé Sylvain for doctoral theses
  • and Mr. Kassoum Zié Ouattara for the master's theses.

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FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY PRESIDENT’S BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATIVE DAYS: Gala Dinner – 18 10 2019

At the end of the days commemorating the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the winners of the second edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for Research were awarded on the evening of Friday, 18 October 2019, during a gala dinner hosted by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation). This prize is awarded each year for the best research work relating to President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This award ceremony was held with the effective presence of Mrs Henriette Konan Bédié, wife of the President of the PDCI-RDA and Senator Mrs Makani Diaby, 1st Vice-President of the Senate, who represented the President of the said institution.

For the prize rewarding the master’s theses, it is Mr. Kassoum Zié Ouattara of the Jean Lorougnon Guédé University of Daloa who won it for the quality of his work whose theme is: “the last electoral battles of the regime of Félix Houphouët-Boigny: Brotherhood Morning and the New Horizon 1990 and 1992”. The lucky winner received a cheque worth 500,000 CFA francs from the hands of Mrs. Makani Diaby.

As for doctorates, the prize went to Dr. Charles Sylvain GadIé of the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Cocody, for his brilliant thesis entitled: “Migration policy under the governance of Félix Houphouët-Boigny and regional integration: the case of the establishment of foreign camps in the department of Bloléquin”. He received a cheque for one million CFA francs which was presented to him by Mrs. Henriette Konan Bédié.

In terms of prospects, Professor Daniel BAHA BI, President of the Jury of this prize, revealed that this distinction will be open to private universities and will extend beyond the borders of Côte d’Ivoire to give it an international dimension.

FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY’S BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATIVE DAYS: Dedication Ceremony – 18 10 2019

On the afternoon of Friday, October 18, 2019, a dedication ceremony was held at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) for books published by the Éditions de la Fondation Félix Houphouët-Boigny (Editions FHB) and/or on “the father of the Ivorian nation”. Several authors took part in this dedication ceremony. They were Professor Amani N’Goran, author of the book “Oedipal Psychodrama – Psychodynamic Stakes of the Football Game”. The following were also present: Professor Frédéric Grah Mel who presented “The Biography of Félix Houphouët-Boigny” (three volumes), Mrs Sophie Koné Boating with the comic strip “Félix Houphouët-Boigny”, Professor Thot’o Amani Sroboua for “The Akhan and Pharaonic Egypt”, Professor Ferdinand TIONA OUATTARA for “History of the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA) of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University of Côte d’Ivoire (1969-2017)”, Mr. Jérôme Kouakou Ya for “Les hommages publics à Félix Houphouët-Boigny”, and Professor Jean-Noël Loucou with the six volumes of “Discours et Messages”.

In the presence of a very varied audience composed largely of academics, the Secretary General of the FHB Foundation announced the publication of five new books on “the Yamoussoukro Ram” in 2020, including the Proceedings of the international symposium on his peace work. He took the opportunity to invite Ivorians to buy the books on the life of the “Sage of Africa”, because so far, only three thousand copies of “Speeches and Messages” and only one thousand copies of the Proceedings of the symposium on the “Political Thought of Félix Houphouët-Boigny” have been sold.

After speaking successively to enlighten the audience present on the contents of their works, the authors proceeded to the actual dedication.

FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY’S BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATIVE DAYS: Thanksgiving Mass – 18 10 2019

On October 18, 2019, there was a thanksgiving Mass in Saint Augustine Church in Yamoussoukro in memory of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. It was officiated by Monsignor Alexis Touably. The latter wished that “the founder of modern Côte d’Ivoire” and his “immense work” be permanently in the spirit of the people of Côte d’Ivoire to whom he always advised to make peace their second religion. “Let us not speak of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny in the past tense, for a man of such greatness of soul can neither be of the past nor outdated. It is up to us to walk together on the paths he has traced out for us as the founding father of our nation,” he advised. He also stressed that “it is true that peace is a gift from God, but peace will not come to us from Heaven as a finished product, for peace is like a loincloth that we must weave together”.