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A West African Slender-snouted Crocodile is pictured in its enclosure at the zoo of Abidjan, Ivory Coast September 9, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)

A West African Slender-snouted Crocodile is pictured in its enclosure at the zoo of Abidjan, Ivory Coast September 9, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2017 00:00:00
A cook grills chicken during the Festival des Grillades, in the yard of the Culture Palace of Abidjan, September 5, 2015. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)

A cook grills chicken during the Festival des Grillades, in the yard of the Culture Palace of Abidjan, September 5, 2015. The two day festival was iniated in 2008 to promote Ivorian cuisine, which revolves around grilled food. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)
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08 Sep 2015 11:36:00
A worker collects rubber sap at a farm in Songon village, north of Abidjan, February 3, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)

A worker collects rubber sap at a farm in Songon village, north of Abidjan, February 3, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)
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12 Feb 2016 12:59:00
Participants pass an egg using their mouths during a religious ritual as they play the role of traditional fighters in a parade during the Popo (Mask) Carnival of Bonoua, in the east of Abidjan, April 18, 2015. The carnival has its origins in the changes that Aboure youths in Bonoua introduced to the annual festival of yams. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)

Participants pass an egg using their mouths during a religious ritual as they play the role of traditional fighters in a parade during the Popo (Mask) Carnival of Bonoua, in the east of Abidjan, April 18, 2015. The carnival has its origins in the changes that Aboure youths in Bonoua introduced to the annual festival of yams. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)
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20 Apr 2015 13:36:00
A curvy woman is considered prosperous, healthy and s*xy in Ivory Coast, photographer Joana Choumali explains. Here: An apprentice lines up his work on a roadside. (Photo by Joana Choumali)

Photographer Joana Choumali’s latest project explores body image and beauty by documenting the men building Abidjan’s clothing models. The “Awoulaba” mannequin is a customised model designed with the African ideal of beauty in mind, curvier than the stick-thin examples usually seen in the west. They first appeared in 2011, and have since become a familiar sight outside the numerous clothing shops dotted throughout Ivory Coast’s capital, Abidjan. Here: An apprentice lines up his work on a roadside. (Photo by Joana Choumali)
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06 Jun 2016 11:05:00
Men dressed as women kiss as they take part in a parade during the Popo (Mask) Carnival of Bonoua, east of Abidjan, April 9, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)

Men dressed as women kiss as they take part in a parade during the Popo (Mask) Carnival of Bonoua, east of Abidjan, April 9, 2016. (Photo by Luc Gnago/Reuters)
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11 Apr 2016 10:50:00
A man transports the carcass of a car on a two- wheeled carriage in a neighborhood in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on December 1, 2017. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)

A man transports the carcass of a car on a two- wheeled carriage in a neighborhood in Abobo, a suburb of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on December 1, 2017. (Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP Photo)
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21 Jan 2018 07:17:00
Pedestrians look at the wreckage of a vehicle lodged in a storm drain on a street in Abidjan on June 19, 2018, in which a man was reportedly found dead after floodwaters receded following an overnight downpour in the city. Fifteen people have died in Abidjan, Ivory Coast' s economic capital, during flooding caused by torrential rain overnight, Interior Minister Sidiki Diakite said. Rain poured down overnight on June 19, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres (more than eight feet) deep, he said. (Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP Photo)

Pedestrians look at the wreckage of a vehicle lodged in a storm drain on a street in Abidjan on June 19, 2018, in which a man was reportedly found dead after floodwaters receded following an overnight downpour in the city. Fifteen people have died in Abidjan, Ivory Coast' s economic capital, during flooding caused by torrential rain overnight, Interior Minister Sidiki Diakite said. Rain poured down overnight on June 19, causing flash floods up to 2.5 metres (more than eight feet) deep, he said. (Photo by Sia Kambou/AFP Photo)
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22 Jun 2018 09:17:00