It’s a bit like the last bend before happiness. Finally, a certain vision made up of the beach and coconut palms. 70 kilometers east of Abidjan, the town of Samo is the last stop before the seaside resort of Assinie. When the weekend comes, the big cars stop there to stock up on fruit and vegetables. The lucky ones then take a right on a route soon lined with coconut palms. The stalls disappear, the vegetation becomes denser. The bustle and hubbub of Abidjan are just a distant memory. We take a deep breath of pure holiday air and head straight for the sea.
SUV de luxe
As you get closer to Assouindé, the first of the two main villages that make up the commune of Assinie, the billboards are popping up. Here for a chic store in Abidjan, there for a karting or for a luxury SUV. A few hundred meters further, police check the cars in front of a small crossroads in the center of which sits a sign indicating “Assouindé, tourist village”. In the background, a decrepit gas station. The right lane leads to the first shops, the left lane leads at Mafia, located about twenty kilometers further.
Today it is the favorite vacation spot of the powerful of the country who, year after year, have upset the daily life of the inhabitants.
Assinie, a strip of land located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Aby lagoon, 95 km from Abidjan, is not a seaside resort like the others. Today it is the favorite vacation spot of the country’s powerful, those men and women who – in politics, business or culture – make the weather rain or shine. They come here for a weekend, a midweek getaway or to spend their holidays there. They are the kings and queens, to the point of having upset the daily life year after year. of the habitants.
Assinie-Mafia, between Saint-Tropez and Beverly Hills