Names of the greater Cocody neighbourhoods and their meaning


The word Riviera, of Italian origin, refers to a coastal region of the Mediterranean coastline that stretches on both sides of the French-Italian border, from the Var in France to La Spezia in Italy. President Felix Houphouët-Boigny wanted to create his African Riviera in 1970. So goes the name.

Angré was the plantation of an old man called Donatien Angré Kangabri.

Attoban derives from "Attô", referring to voice, "Ban", which rhymes with deep, strong, alluding to a resident who had a strong deep voice.

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Bonoumin can be broken down into "Bo" = toad, Nou = shout, croak, Min = space or border. Bonoumin refers to thearea where the  croaking of toads are heard. It was a marshy site.

Mr Akosso Ake Phillipe, a surveyor, was the one who proceeded to the subdivision of the current site of Aghien to which he gave the name of his village. The village of Aghien is located in the commune of Bingerville. During the 10-year war with the Akye, the defence strategy for Aghien was to remain quiet, silent until reinforcements could come from the Amanou confederation. A state of tranquillity, of silence, from which the name of the village is derived. This strategy was the origin of the name of the village "Aghien", which means tranquillity.

The name of the village means behind the sacred water of Aba village, where the natives found refuge during battles.

The name Anono means the place where everything ended or where everything stopped in Ebrié. It draws its origin from the answer given by Kaka to his visitors to mean the reign of peace. Nothing but peace; anon no (it is quiet and peaceful here), after the attack and destruction of the village Danga (Daka), by the house Regis in 1853.

Danga, in reality, Daka referred to the Bobo village made up of Kaka's family, rejected after a blunder. Daka means to reject. The leaders were deported to Gabon where they died.

Originally Anono, M'pouto, Akouedo, and today of Goto Kwe constituted the same village named Anonnon. Following the quarrels at the top of the village of Anono, the inhabitants, originally, Bobo, were taken in by the Kwe (group of Tchaman of Bingerville called Akwe, which means, to integrate.

M'pouto represented the lower part of the village of Anono which migrated to a site once used for fallow farming designated by m'pouto.

Blockauss or Blokosso owes its name to the French fort, which was called a blockhouse (by the English), in the shadow of which was a fortified trading house (factory) belonging to the Régis house. The latter traded directly with the Tchaman (former name of the Ebrié) for palm oil and gold.

Elie Kla

With Meyan Nanguy, Lifestyle Editor