The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is in West Africa, faces the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Mali and Burkina Faso. Most inhabitants live along the sandy coastal region and the forested interior is sparsely populated. The country is one of the world’s major producers of cocoa beans, coffee and palm oil. Its First Lady from 1969 to 1993 was Marie-Thérèse Houphouet-Boigny who was called the “The Jacqueline Kennedy of Africa” because of her elegance. cote