South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been honoured with the status of a traditional chief in Ivory Coast.
He was given a symbolic key to the autonomous district of Abidjan and robed in Ivorian traditional clothes by local leaders during the ceremony on Thursday.
The key to the city is an honour bestowed upon esteemed residents and visitors.
The South African leader was also given the name of Chief Dwasaho – meaning the great warrior – as well as an honorary citizenship of the city.
“I am truly humbled by this honour, it is impressive in many ways, because it is a demonstration of the rituals of our African people and ancestors,” Mr Ramaphosa said.
The presidency shared a video of the event:
His Excellency President @CyrilRamaphosa presented with & robed in Ivorian traditional garb by Traditional Leadership during his State Visit - the traditional leaders have given President the name “Dwasaho”, which means “The Great Warrior” #SAinIvoryCoast #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/a9lTwpashJ
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) December 2, 2021
The South African president was later bestowed with an Ivory Coast's distinguished state title by President Allasane Ouattara during a state banquet.
The South African leader is on a state visit to the country.
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