Like any good provincial, Bruno Nabagné Koné first dreamed of Abidjan while looking at postcards. He set foot there for the first time at the age of 17, for a holiday with relatives. Born September 6, 1960 in Kouto, in the north of the country, a few weeks after independence, Bruno Nabagné Koné saw everything about his country before discovering the capital: “My father was a soldier, we kept traveling from barracks to barracks: Bouaké, Korhogo, Sassandra, Daloa, Bouaflé, Dimbokro, etc For me, Abidjan was a childhood dream, the big city with towers like you could see in American films. The first time I visited this city was on foot, to see everything, down to the smallest detail, the neighborhoods of Treichville, Adjamé… see the sea at Port-Bouët, but above all discover the Plateau. »
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Of Senufo culture, il retains an attachment to Kouto and its region, embodied by his maternal grandmother to whom he is very close since the premature death of his mother. As a child, the studious student fell in love with French literature and dreamed of becoming a doctor or an architect. When his studies leave him time, he loves playing basketball, a passion that will never leave him: he is now honorary president of the Ivorian Basketball Federation. Bruno Koné did all his schooling in Catholic establishments, notably at the famous Saint Viateur College in Bouaké, where he obtained his scientific baccalaureate.