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Their union seems politically risky, but they held out and achieved great and beautiful things in the service of the Ivory Coast. This Friday, May 13, The Ambassador went to the cemetery of Jacqueville, her hero, the Ambassador. His companion of nearly six decades went to join him. Thus ends one of the most edifying lessons in open-mindedness. Itae Missa is!

It’s a love story that mixes politics and diplomacy and could have inspired a novel or even a movie, why not! It begins on a transatlantic liner, sailing to New York, with young Africans leaving the United States in the early 1960s to continue their studies.

She was a very young, beautiful and brilliant graduate, who sent the Guinea of ​​Sékou Touré to the United States with one of the scholarships that John F. Kennedy’s America offered to the newly independent states of Africa. Also on the transatlantic ocean, a young Ivorian secondary school, spotted by a retired teacher, who commissioned Félix Houphouët-Boigny to attend the Ivorian secondary school course in France. The story does not say which of the two seduced the other. Yet the young Guinean and the young Ivorian, sent to the United States by governments whose heads of state hated each other, fall in love.

Despite the announced non-alignment, the Cold War was rife in Africa: Guinea leaned towards the Soviet bloc and Côte d’Ivoire resolutely pro-Western. The young bachelor was not just any Guinean, in love with an Ivorian. She was programmed to be part of the Guinean elite, and now she goes to the camp of the man who, for Sékou Touré, was then the worst enemy.

Was she the only one who deserted? Didn’t many young Guineans leave the country then?

In fact, many fled the dictatorship and often discounted education as well. So much so that during its first two decades of independence, Guinea was by far the African country with the most educated, highly educated, and even downright brilliant citizens in the world. But these were on the run from themselves! Here it is a future diplomat from Houphouët-Boigny who steals from Guinea a student sent to the United States with one of the most prized scholarships. For Sékou Touré it could only be a small blow.

It won’t be long before Félix Houphouët-Boigny is aware of the “strength” of his young compatriot. He will not brag about it, but he will, on occasion, salute the beauty, culture and prestige of this Guinean, wife of the one who will be his last ambassador to Washington. You and your wife were sent to these prestigious embassies.

Will we eventually get the names of the two headliners? Unless the movie ends badly…

The story ended in emotion yesterday, Friday, in Abidjan, where those who knew and loved her said goodbye to Fatime Kader, the young Guinean high school graduate of the 1960s. She had, with Charles Providence Gomis, the Ivorian baccalaureate of the transatlantic, a beautiful family, who represented Félix Houphouët-Boigny’s Ivory Coast in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United States…

Returning to Côte d’Ivoire after the death in 1993 of Houphouët-Boigny, Charles P. Gomis was in turn adviser to the President of the African Development Bank, Minister of Foreign Affairs, head of a arduous and endless United Nations mission in the DRC, then Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to France. At the dawn of his 80th birthday, by returning to his native country, he hoped to finally have a well-deserved retirement. But he was immediately elected as a senator by the head of state, on his constitutional quota.

Charles Providence Gomis was vice president of the Ivorian Senate when he died in July 2021. His widow did not survive him for ten months. Fatime and Charles Gomis, reunited in the afterlife, may find Sékou Touré and Houphouët-Boigny to finally settle the dispute arising from their love. Unless one of the two former heads of state is in hell, expiating… his earthly works.

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