On Friday, 5 November 2021, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan(Plateau), two cinema icons received recognition for their achievements.
Actor Michel Gohou received the Award of Excellence for Cinema and Visual Arts, and Adrienne Koutouan won the Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts.
Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor Michel Gohou Doukrou (58), best known for his character Siriki has featured in more than a hundred films, notably: "Le gendarme d'Abobo" and "Ma Famille". He was elevated to "Chevalier de l'Ordre du mérite de la culture de Côte d'Ivoire" in 2019. In addition to these distinctions, Gohou received awards for Best African Actor and Best African Comedian.
Fifty-two years old acclaimed actress Adrienne Ako Anomgbo Koutouan made her debut in theatre with the African troupe "Fétiche Eburnéen" and has since been pursuing a career in cinema and television as the heroine of popular series such as "Faut pas fâcher".
Undoubtedly the best of her generation, she has won over a dozen awards, including best National Actress in 1985, best Actress in West Africa, best African Actress at the Pabbah Festival (Nigeria) 2002 and best Actress Fica award in 2004.
This award of excellence is the crowning achievement of a long career. The award ceremony was presided over by President Alassane Ouattara. Eighty-four (84) awards went to 48 individuals and 36 corporate bodies who each received a trophy, a diploma and a cheque for 10 million CFA francs.
President Ouattara welcomed the 8th edition of the National Day of Excellence, which aims to celebrate merit and excellence by recognizing the most talented citizens in our society: "It is a recognition for our fellow citizens, who set an example through their professional or academic achievements whilst promoting values contributing to building the new Ivorian society."
Meyan B Nangui