National Geographic : 1966 Aug
Bestowing fertility at a village wedding, a witch doctor sprinkles cassava flour. Drums of hollowed logs boom within earshot of Abidjan, cosmopolitan capital of the Republic of Ivory Coast. Rush hour in Abidjan lays a pavement of light across the Houphouet-Boigny Bridge, named for Ivory Coast's progressive President. Modern offices arc West Africa's only cloverleaf; lights of industrial Treichville reflect in Ebrie Lagoon. Aided by French funds, Ivory Coast cut a mile-and-a-half canal from the lagoon to the sea, opening a deepwater port through which it ships its own produce as well as that of its inland neighbor, Upper Volta. Children play soccer before "Les 220 Logements," an apartment development chiefly occupied by Ivoi rian civil servants. Negro and white live side by side; integration came early and easily in the French colo nies. Tenants can dine in a nearby Vietnamese restau rant, run by refugees from Southeast Asia who found a new French-flavored home in Ivory Coast.