Didier Drogba joins tens of thousands at DJ Arafat funeral concert | AFP

Football legends such as Didier Drogba join A-list African artists in paying tribute to DJ Arafat, the Ivorian music star who was killed aged 33 in a motorbike accident. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITE

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Thousands pay tribute to the Ivorian star DJ Arafat after death | AFP

Thousands of fans in Ivory Coast, including football star Didier Drogba, pay tribute to DJ Arafat, the 33-year-old who died in a motorbiking accident. IMAGES

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Ivoirian artist puts Abidjan’s streets onto canvas | AFP

Ivorian artist Armand Boua takes inspiration from the streets of Abidjan’s poorer districts to create his unique art work. His exhibition in Abidjan ‘Yopougon, Adjamé, Liberté’ displays a range of his art.

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Fans pay tribute to West African star DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans pay tribute to DJ Arafat, an Ivorian star of the “coupe-decale” dance genre with a huge following in francophone Africa, who died after a road accident in Abidjan.

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Picasso in I.Coast? A village tells of its brush with the artist

“I’m sure! I tell you, he came. I saw him!” insists Soro Navaghi, keen to extinguish any doubts about Picasso’s visit to a small Ivorian village famed for its painted textiles. Whether in tourist brochures or online, it is not unusual to find references to Picasso’s reputed visit to Fakaha, a remote village in northern Ivory Coast, some 650 kilometres (400 miles) from Abidjan, the economic capital.

Jailed migrants forced to navigate Mediterranean by traffickers

Jailed Senegalese migrant Cheikhaya Dieng and Ivorian migrant Fofana Lamine recount how they were forced by people smugglers to navigate boats across the Mediterranean after which they were arrested as traffickers by the Italian police.

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Holiday shoppers in Ivory Coast flock to second-hand toy stores

The sale of second-hand toys spreads across the Ivorian economic capital. In the working-class districts of Adjamé, Treichville, Yopougon, Abobo, as well as in the chic municipality of Cocody, parents flock to stalls and shops in search of good quality items at lower costs.

Solar backpacks help kids study after sunset in Ivory Coast

The equatorial sun has been up for about an hour as a gaggle of children set off from the Ivorian village of Allepilla on their hourlong trek to school. Back home in the evening, eight-year-old Marie-France Amoandji Ngbessoo does her homework by the light of her backpack’s LED — captured by solar panels on her way to and from school.