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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Book Signing Ceremony – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. A dedication ceremony for the books published by FHB Editions and/or on Félix Houphouët-Boigny took place at the FHB Foundation Bookshop in Yamoussoukro in the late afternoon of October 18, 2019. The authors who signed their works are:

  • Prof. Jean-Noël Loucou for the 6 volumes of "Discours et Messages" by Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • Prof. Frédéric Grah Mel for the biography in 3 volumes on Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • Professor Thot'o Amani Sroboua for "The Akhan and Pharonic Egypt"
  • Professor Amani N'goran for "Oedipal Psychodrama - The Psychodynamic Issue of the Football Game"
  • Prof. Ferdinand Tionan Ouattara for "History of the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA) of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University Côte d'Ivoire (1969-2017)".
  • Mrs. Sophie Koné Boating for the comic strip on Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • and Mr. Jérôme Kouakou Ya for "Public Tribute to Félix Houphouët-Boigny"

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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.

Opening of the “Les Houphouët” Exhibition – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organised on 17 and 18 October 2019 the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny On October 18, 2019, in the early evening in the main hall of the FHB Foundation, Professor Jean-Noël Loucou and other personalities attended the opening of the art exhibition featuring paintings on the work and life of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This exhibition has been mounted by several Ivorian visual artists and is present until the end of the year.

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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”.

Thanksgiving Mass for FHB – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. On Friday, October 18, 2019, a thanksgiving mass in memory of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny was held at the Saint Augustin Church in Yamoussoukro in the presence of President Henri Konan Bédié, members of the Houphouët-Boigny family and PDCI RDA militants. This Mass was led by Bishop Alexis Touably.

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Opening ceremony of the Commemorative Days – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. On Thursday, October 17, 2019, these Days began with an opening ceremony and a scientific activity led by academics around two themes:

  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny: the Man of Culture
  • Félix Houphouët-Boigny: the Panafricanist

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Commemorative Days of the Birth Day of President FHB

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research invites you on October 17 and 18, 2019 to attend the commemorative days of the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, according to the following schedule,

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 am - 6 pm: Study day at the Foundation's headquarters.

Theme: Félix Houphouët-Boigny

  • The Man of Culture
  • The Pan-Africanist

Friday, October 18, 2019

10 am: Mass of thanksgiving in the Church of Saint Augustine in Yamoussoukro

5 pm: Book signing ceremony at the Foundation's bookstore.

8 pm: Dinner gala at the Foundation's headquarters.

Presentation of prizes to the winners of the second edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Prize.

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS OF THE BIRTHDAY OF PRESIDENT FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY: Study day on Félix Houphouët-Boigny

Thursday, October 17, 2019 marked the beginning of the commemoration of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s birth day with a study day that was furnished by two panels on the themes: “Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the man of culture” and “Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the pan-Africanist”. This opportunity enabled many young students from the political and administrative capital, as well as the populations in their political and socio-professional diversity, to revisit the actions carried out by the “Apostle of Peace”.

The Secretary General of the FHB Foundation, in turn, said that in addition to the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, his institution was celebrating two major events in 2019. Namely the thirtieth anniversaries of the Congress on Peace in the Minds of Men held in Yamoussoukro which gave birth to the concept of culture of peace and the creation of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny-UNESCO Prize for Peace Research which this year distinguished the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy AHMED ALI before he received the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

Ms Anne LEMAISTRE, representative of the UNESCO Office in Abidjan, for her part, wished that the year 2020 be proclaimed “the year of the culture of peace” in Côte d’Ivoire.

Professor Robert NIAMKEY KOFFI, President of the Scientific Committee of this day indicated that the exemplary life of Houphouët-Boigny appears as a symbol. For, the immense works of the “father of the Ivorian nation” are landmarks for Côte d’Ivoire. Addressing the themes of the day, the academic told his audience that Félix Houphouët-Boigny was both a man of culture but also a pan-Africanist, contrary to the image of Epinal that we wanted to stick to him, calling him a gravedigger of African unity, one of the artisans of the balkanization of African states. For him, this is essentially erroneous. He also pointed out the extent of the knowledge of the modern world, of the ancient history of this great statesman.

A total of eleven (11) communications were delivered during this scientific day by academics.

It should be noted that the Chief Executive Secretary of the PDCI-GDR, Professor Maurice KAKOU GUIKAHUÉ enhanced with his presence the opening of this study day.