In Summary

  • The ceremony at the Ebimpé Alassane Ouattara, offerred an unforgettable experience for football enthusiasts and music lovers.
  • The stage came alive with the soulful voices of Dadju and Tayc, representing Congolese and Cameroonian origins
  • Ivorian group Magic System, Nigerian sensation Yemi Alade, and Egyptian rapper Mohamed Ramadan

The much-anticipated Africa Cup of Nations 2023 kicked off  with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Ebimpé Alassane Ouattara, offering an unforgettable experience for football enthusiasts and music lovers alike.

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Performers donning traditional African outfits
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Colorful displays at the AFCON 2023 opening ceremony(Photo Courtesy)

The ceremony showcased African diversity and culture, featuring a wide range of traditional Ivorian dances and music.

A capacity 60,000 crowd at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium soaked up the colours and culture of Cote d’Ivoire ahead of the tournament opener between the hosts and Guinea Bissau.

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Egyptian singer Mohamed Ramadan performing on stage(Photo Courtesy)

 

The celebration featured singers, acrobats and dancers in a vibrant showcase of Ivorian tradition and African unity.

Renowned artists, including the Franco-Ivorian group Magic System, Nigerian sensation Yemi Alade, and Egyptian rapper Mohamed Ramadan sang the infectious rhythm of the AFCON 2023 anthem, “Akwaba.

The anthem is created specifically for the occasion, it aims  to celebrate the warm hospitality of the people of Cote d’Ivoire.

performances at the 2023 AFCON opening ceremony(photo courtesy)

 

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Host Opening Match
Jean-Philippe Krasso celebrates with Ibrahim Sangare after scoring Ivory Coast’s second goal in the 58th minute (Photo Courtesy)

Hosts Ivory Coast opened Africa Cup of Nations 2023 with a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau at Alassane Ouattara Stadium

Goals in either half from Seko Fofana (4) and Jean-Philippe Krasso (58) in Abidjan did the damage as the Elephants made a perfect start to Group A.

But the hosts, with several players missing through injury, will be pleased to have started their campaign on a positive note in front of an expectant 60,000 crowd.

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