Côte D'ivoire - Famous ivoirians
Queen Abia Pokou (b.1720), the legendary heroine of the Baule people, led them to Côte d'Ivoire from the territory that is now Ghana. Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905–1993) was the first African to be a French Cabinet minister (1956–69); he was elected as Côte d'Ivoire's first president in 1960 and was continually reelected until his death. Henri Konan-Bedie (b.1933) became president in 1993, a post he held until his ouster in a military coup in January 2000. The nation's outstanding literary figure, Bernard Binlin Dadié (b.1916), is known abroad for several volumes of poetry and a novel; he has held many government posts, becoming minister of cultural affairs in 1977.