June 29, 2017

Ivoire Adeba” PAQUINOU 2016 “

DSC_0955The Christian Journal, Manhattan, New York  – Every year, with the approach of Easter in Côte d’Ivoire, the people of Baoulé choose this time to celebrate Easter , commonly called ” Paquinou “.
This time of year is a great moment of reunion of the people of Baoulé .
Baoulé is an Akan tribe and one of the largest groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The Baoulé people originally lived in Ghana. This is where Abla Pokou was born early in the 18th century. She was the niece of King Osei Tutu, founder of the Ashanti confederation of Ghana. Baoulé left present day Ghana and traveled west into present day Côte d’Ivoire under the leadership of the Queen Pokou.
This year on Saturday April 23 2016 the Ivoire Adeba or the Baoulé celebrated their third Paquinou at 240 East 123rd Street in Manhattan New York.
This time of reunion in ” Baoule ” they maintain and consolidate the spirit of solidarity and reconciliation.
The Baoulé community use this year Paquinou to celebrate with their Akan community from Ghana. Paquinou 2016 was celebrated in collaboration with Asanteman Association of New York. The people of Baoule through their culture trace their roots from the Ashanti Kingdom. Like several other groups with Akan origin, Baoulé children are often named according to the day of the week or the circumstances under which they were born.
The invited guest for this year’s event was Côte d’Ivoire ambassador to United States Mr Diabaté Daouda, Consul Général M. Christophe Kouakou, and Army General Kousme Akissi.
Beautifully adorned kings, queens, clad in their traditional cloth and gold ornament amidst intensive drumming, singing, and dancing. The atmosphere was beautiful, it was a time of celebration of culture and friendship.
This Cultural event was a rare celebration of the Akan reunion. There rich and glamorous culture was on full display.
The rich cultural display thrilled Americans who were in attendance.