Discovery

KORHOGO – FATOMANAN

Korhogo is located in northern Côte d’Ivoire in the region of Poro. The city was created around the 14th century and is one of the oldest cities in the country. As with the region of the 18 mountains, the region of  Poro has a very rich cultural and traditional heritage. The appellation Poro owes its name to the initiatory system of Poro practiced by the population in the region. Korhogo is the cultural stronghold of the north and also houses many tourist sites.

To Sénoufo (main ethnic group) the practice of Poro comes as a school for traditional training. Every born Sénoufo is called to go under this initiation process which plays a key role in social and religious life. There is a variety of folkloric initiatory practices in the region such as the dance Boloye, the Wambélé and the Balafon. There are also cultural festivals like the Gbinhou, a traditional wrestling practice by young men on the moonlight or the Kathohô practice by girls. The cultural celebrations bring young men and girls closer to each other in a social and solidary dynamic in their respective groups.

The Sénoufo society is characterised by a matrilineal lineage and obeys a centralised power. The Sénoufo theology is based on the belief in Koulotiolô, the powerful God and Katiéléo the Mother-Goddess. The Sénoufo Power is pacticed around 3 institutions:

  • Kéguefolô: proprietor of the village
  • Tarafolô: lands owner, who discusses and decides over every land questions in the community
  • Zizanfolô: proprietor of the Poro

You should take the opportunity to visit Korhogo during your stay in Côte d’Ivoire and profit from the innate hospitality of the Sénoufo, laborious people tied to tradition but open to modernity and the world. Visit the artistic and cultural Festival of Korhogo (FESACKO) which takes place every year in February.

The Mosque of Kong – Massiriba

The Massiriba or the big Mosque is located in the northern part of the country in the city of Kong. The Mosque is built in the same style as the Mosque of Djenné, a Sudanese-Sahelian architecture with Islamic influences and is dated from the 17th century. The monument, a symbol of the Islamization of Côte d’Ivoire was destroyed in 1897 during the colonial conquest, rebuilt during the colonial period and restored in 1978.

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