Latitude: 7.68333

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The images and pictures below present facts about Bouaké. Bouaké (or Bwake) is the second largest city in Côte d'Ivoire, with a population of 775,300 (2002 census). It is the main urban settlement of the Bouaké Department with a population exceeding 1.2 million, in the Vallée du Bandama Region. The city is located in the central part of Côte d'Ivoire about northeast of Lake Kossou, the country's largest lake, some north of Abidjan on the Abidjan-Niger Railway and about northeast of Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

Bouaké is a centre for the Baoulé people and is known for its crafts. The economy is based on the cotton industry. The city largely grew from the 1970s after the construction of the power station at Kossou Lake flooded land to the west of the city. Bouaké is known for its large carnival and market and for the St Michael's Cathedral. The city has a large airport located north-west of the city with a runway. Liverpool F.C defender Kolo Touré and his brothers Yaya Touré and Ibrahim Touré were born in Bouaké.



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Bouaké was established as a French military post in 1899 and has been an administrative center since 1914.

French and United Nations peacekeepers currently reside in the city as part of an enforced ceasefire between the rebel-held north and the government-held south. After the attempt to overthrow the president Laurent Gbagbo had failed, the rebel forces FN (forces nouvelles) led by Guillaume Soro made Bouaké their center of control. Subsequently, Bouaké University, opened in 1996, was closed down in September 2002. Financed by Unesco, the university reopened in April, 2005.

On November 4, 2004, governmental forces used Sukhoi-25's to raid the city as an opening movement towards "territorial liberation," according to Captain Jean-Noël Abbey of the Côte d'Ivoire army. Korhogo, north of Bouaké, was also targeted.


Tobacco products, building materials, and textiles are produced, and cotton sisal and rice are processed. Gold, mercury, and manganese are found nearby.




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The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bouaké. The cathedral of the archdiocese is the Cathédrale Sainte Thérèse in Bouaké. Since 1960, Bouaké has also been home to a Benedictine monastery, Monastère Bénédictin Sainte-Marie. However, the city is predominantly Muslim.


Kolo Touré of Manchester City was born in Bouaké. Yaya Toure, Kolo's brother was also born in Bouaké.

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Stade Bouaké (3.1 km)

Stade Bouaké is a multi-use stadium in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 35,000 people. Along with Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, it was constructed for the 1984 African Nations Cup. It is the second largest stadium in the country after Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny (which holds 50,000 spectators). The reconstruction of this stadium was the first step for the reconstruction and redevelopment of all the stadia in the Ivory Coast Shape The stadium measures 119x73 (yards), and was constructed in an oval shape.

International Christian Academy (Ivory Coast) (5.82 km)

International Christian Academy (ICA) was an American boarding school in Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire. It was established in 1962 as 'Ivory Coast Academy' by Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society (now WorldVenture) and its main purpose was to provide a standard American education to the children of missionaries in West Africa. In 2002, it had some 160+ students from 13 nations in grades 1-12. In September 2002, during the Ivorian Civil War, children were trapped at the school for a week by fighting between government soldiers and rebels opposed to President Laurent Gbagbo.

Gagnoa Airport (8.81 km)

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Prikro (25.46 km)

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Languibonou (25.81 km)

Languibonou is a town and commune in Côte d'Ivoire.

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Bouaké Airport

Bouaké Airport is an airport located in Bouaké, the second largest city in Côte d'Ivoire, in West Africa. June 29, 2007 assassination attempt on Guillaume Soro On June 29, 2007, Guillaume Soro, the prime minister of Côte d'Ivoire, was targeted by rocket and Kalashnikov fire upon his landing at the Bouaké Airport. Four people were killed and ten others wounded.
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