"And for anyone who knows our tradition it will be clear that these crown jewels have tremendous value." "As hosts for His Majesty, we are terribly sorry about this," Eivind Fjeldstad, leader of the Norwegian-African Business Association, told VG Nett.Inspector Marius Erlandssen in charge of the investigation, told AFP: “On Wednesday around 1pm, a suitcase belonging to the king of Ghana was stolen in the lobby of a hotel.The country changed its name to Côte d'Ivoire in 1985; its official name is the République de Côte d'Ivoire —a reflection of French control of the country from 1843 until independence.Today, the nation's rich economy lies in juxtaposition to its turbulent political climate.The remaining population is comprised of the Agni, Africans from other countries (mostly Burkinabe and Malians), and non-Africans (primarily French and Lebanese).
Many of the jewels, which are generally made from Ghana’s bountiful gold deposits and leather with gold studs, also hold symbolic spiritual meaning.
Many Ivoirians understand English, which is taught in high school and the National University of Côte d'Ivoire, but English is not a language of choice, even among the educated. The country's flag is a vertical tricolor of orange, white, and green; orange represents the savannahs of the north, green represents the forests of the south, and white represents unity.
The national anthem is L'Abidjanaise, which means "Greetings, O Land of Hope." , the area now called Côte d'Ivoire had become a melding place of various African people.
The largest group is the ethnic Baoule, who comprise over 23 percent of the population.
Other significant ethnic groups include the Bete (18 percent), Senufo (15 percent), and Malinke (11 percent).
In 18, the French government signed treaties with the kings of the Grand Bassam and Assinie regions, placing their territories under a French protectorate.