African communities in Cote d’Ivoire

There are over 60 ethnic groups in Côte d’Ivoire. The majors groups are the Baoule,Bété, Senufo, Malinke, Anyi, and Dan. All these ethnic groups are part sub-division of greater groups:

  • The Akan people:

Akan are originally from which is now called Ghana. The Baoulé and the Anyi are part of the Akan group. Akan societies are dominated by men. The Baoule are famous for agriculture.

The Abron (Brong in Ghana), Abouré, Ehotilé, and Nzima are also small sub-groups part of the Akan societies .

You can purchase African masks from the Baoule tribe if you go to the following link:

The Kru people

We can find them particulary in the southwest region. Kru societies includes the Bété, Dida, Guéré, Wobé, and several smaller groups. For their livelihood, the Kru rely on farming supplemented by hunting in forest areas.


  • The Mandé people

The Malinké, the Soninké, the Bambara, the Juula are all part of the Mandé societies.

The Dan and the Gouro are part of the Southern Mandé.

You can purchase  African masks from the Dan clan if you go to the following links:

  • The Voltaic societies

The Sénoufo occupy north-central Côte d’Ivoire.


~ by myafrikart on April 19, 2008.

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