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The Most Heartfelt Welcome in Abidjan: Unforgettable

Unforgettable welcome in Abidjan. Thanks to Mrs. Ouattara and His Excellency Governor Siama Bamba.

Of course, I was advised in advance that there would be a reception upon my arrival in Abidjan, but I have never thought in my wildest dreams that it would be as what I have seen. I am so grateful for such a beautiful heart from such beautiful people. Koura N. Ouattara our president in Cote d’Ivoire had thought of everything, and supported by the wonderful Governor of the region, His Excellency Bamba, it made it all so official and really at the level of great diplomacy as seen on presidential welcoming sessions. This was really something.

What was most touching to the heart was the children and their offerings of flowers. Some of them in traditional costumes and others, like the 2 daughters of Koura wearing the cap and shirts with Marine Foundation’s logos on it. There are many people to introduce and most of them in the photos below but I will carefully run through the names as soon as I settle a little more time in making sure I am not making spelling errors.

From the airport, we drove to the “Golf Hotel Abidjan” where I will be staying for 4 nights. Truly it was also the making the President Bamba who gave his unconditional support to Koura. Amazing. Just amazing and therefore I do not have many words to speak except a deep feeling of gratefulness and joy to be present here in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

President of Marine Foundation Headquarters Cote D’Ivoire, Madame Koura N. Ouattara. Also an amazing support from the Lady Officer at the customs.

Special reception of our Communication director, Mademoiselle Emmanuelle Zile and Assistant to President Mr. Emmanuel Hounsou. They were everywhere and always in good coordination to perfectly support our President Mrs. Ouattara. Thank you so much for the hard work.

Our most sincere salutation to the amazing welcoming committee:

Madame Touré, Mr. Cissé, Mr. Hervé Adjogoua, Mr. Mamadou Diomandé, Mr. Massandjé, Mr. Haidara, Mr. Jules Gervais, Président Kader, Mr. Souleymane Bamba, Mr. Alassane Koné. Communications: Emmanuelle Zile, Assiatant to President: Emmanuel Hounsou, and Mr. Miessan in coordination (photo below ) – Mr. Messian was really so graceful in wearing the Marine polo, cap and badges.

No words can rightfully express the welcoming at the airport where even the customs officer was also part of the celebration. There was nothing I could say or do to really show how grateful and surprised I was. This is something I will never forget as long as I live and to me, here, in the Cote D’Ivoire, we learn that “education” starts right from the heart. Africa is rich with traditions and that alone is a show of great sophistication in the way children are raised. Something that we do not see in the Occident yet where even the highest of diplomats would make way to welcome a person as simple as me. I have so much to learn from Africa and my educational process started right at the airport of Abidjan. They show gratefulness for the Marine Foundation’s concept and to me this is something I have never felt from populace in Japan or elsewhere, except of course, individually from our dear members in Australia, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, and other places, to whom I am offering, and to all the first volunteers of our group, the resulting effect of what I promised would happen through Africa.

The noble society of the country came beautiful presented by the fabulous Madame Toure who displayed all the grace and beauty I needed to see on my arrival, that adding the children. This also accentuated by some VIP people such as Mr Cissé, Mr. Hervé Adjogoua, Mr. Mamadou Diomandé, Mr. Massandjé, Mr. Haidara, Mr. Jules Gervais, Président Kader, Mr. Souleymane Bamba, and Mr. Alassane Koné

President Siamia Bamba, was the most remarquable support with the amazing service of completely assisting our President Mrs. Ouattara from beginning to end. His Excellency Bamba is President of the Region “La Region Bagoue” in the north of Cote d’Ivoire. This is a region filled with agricultural wealth and products. Not only was he helpful but also a person of great character with a heart of gold. Truly it was an honored to be welcomed by such personalities.

Truly and I will always wonder how our President Mrs. Outtara was able to put to light such an organization in view of the superb event on February 20th, 2019. This is one of those miracles which only heaven can explain. Please enjoy the rest of the photos below.