Ramaphosa new home cote d'ivoire

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Charming! Ramaphosa declares Cote d’Ivoire his ‘new home’ during visit

While visiting Cote d’Ivoire, Cyril Ramaphosa was made a chief, and received a prestigious national honour – no wonder he feels at home…

Ramaphosa new home cote d'ivoire

Photo: SAGOV / Twitter

Well, that’s one way to declare your emigration. We jest, of course… but Cyril Ramaphosa genuinely made no attempt to hide how much he loved his visit to Cote d’Ivoire – declaring it his ‘new home’ on Friday.

A new home in Cote d’Ivoire? Cyril tells us how he really feels

Ramaphosa definitely felt the love while away on business. The President arrived to a warm reception and loud cheers by the locals who held huge banners of his face at the City Hall in Abidjan.

Shortly after the fanfare, he was then given the status of a ‘Chief’ during a glitzy ceremony. Ramaphosa said the gesture of traditional recognition was unbelievable, as he ‘never expected such an honour’ to be bestowed on him. 

  • Cyril’s official Chief name, by the way, is ‘Dwasaho’ – which translates to ‘great warrior’.

Ramaphosa given ‘highest honour’ by Ivorian colleagues

He’s been loving life in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan, but once he returns back to South Africa, our head of state has a lot on his plate. Rising unemployment, soaring petrol prices, and the spread of the Omicron variant have all battered the nation this week – and things aren’t too rosy for the president in a personal capacity.

The ATM have won their appeal in the Supreme Court, which means a motion of no confidence CAN now be tabled against Ramaphosa when the National Assembly is back in session. With all these issues mounting up, we can perhaps understand why ‘Chief Cyril’ is on the lookout for a new home…

“I am truly humbled by this honour, it is impressive in many ways, because it is a demonstration of the rituals of our African people and ancestors. You started off with three greetings and I immediately thought about home but this is my new home now. This proves our common ancestry. I feel very connected to the local people in Abidjan.”

Cyril Ramaphosa in Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 3 December 2021