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‘AKWABA’, the Official Mascot of CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 launched



The Organizing Committee (‘’COCAN’’) in collaboration with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and CAF , unveiled the official Mascot of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 in Abidjan on Friday night.

The official Mascot, named “AKWABA”, was introduced to the Ivorian people during a launch event in Abidjan, signifying the commencement of the 190-day countdown to the kick-off of the event. The opening match of the competition will be played on 13 January 2023.

AKWABA, a word derived from a local Ivorian language meaning welcome, encapsulates essential values that make it a powerful symbol of the competition: hospitality, friendship, generosity, and team spirit.

The Mascot offers an authentic experience of Ivorian hospitality, connects with fans, players, and nations, and celebrates the spirit of teamwork by promoting cooperation, mutual respect, and fair play.

As the official image of the  CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire, representing the Ivorian identity and draws inspiration from the country’s iconic elephant, Akwaba is now the face of the competition.


The Journey of Selecting ‘Akwaba’:

Just over a year ago, an open and inclusive competition was organised to allow all talented individuals to express themselves and create the mascot for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023.

The top three winners of the competition were: KOUADIO N’Guessan Raoul Frédéric (1st place), COULIBALY Kixa Pemanh Mamadou (2nd place), and BROU Blah (3rd place).

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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