It is only since independence in 1960, that Abidjan really started to grow. Tall buildings?
It is only since independence in 1960, that Abidjan really started to grow. Tall buildings sprouted up between tropical trees, and international business men like the Agha Khan, and oil companies, attracted by the country's security and free enterprise policy, came to build and create jobs. With affluence came the problem created by affluence.....lots of cars. Abidjan is built around a series of lagoons, but there is only one bridge to connect the two major land areas. As a result traffic on that one bridge is always too thick and often too fast, for safety. This is the Houphouet-Boigny bridge. The government is, however, constructing another bridge, which is still unnamed, and is due to open early in 1967.
Ivoriens are fascinated by the life-sized Gemeni Capsule, with two life-sized dummy astronauts aboard, that the USA is currently exhibiting at the grounds of the Lycee Technique at Cocody in Abidjan. The exhibit is on for one week, then it will be taken to another town in the interior. A question on everyone's lips is "How could two men live such cramped quarters for so long?" After viewing the capsule, the more technical minded seriously examined an explanatory photo exhibit.
The owners of the Grand Hotel, Abidjan, keep a few miniatures crocodiles and a couple of water tortoise in a small pond just off the hotel restaurant. Recently mama croc hatched a few baby...crocs. The time has come for them to take to water, but some are very shy about getting wet...see how they bare their very sharp teeth. Reptiles are also very lazy movers, but finally when their gone is roused they slither and climb all over understanding mama. Papa is too bored by it all, he is quite used to having children come and invade his privacy...human children that is. At last a courageous baby takes the plunge, he is quite good....must have had some lessons. There is another but he is quite hopeless, he is probably still learning to float and breath properly. Watch your nose boy. Hello, here we have a pair of chummy tortoise, they look big on the screen but they are really no more than 6 inches across ( 15 cms ).