|President Felix Houphouet-Boigny|
|A freshwater fish native to Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa|
Cote D'Ivoire is French for Ivory Coast.
Yes, this country in the west coast of Africa is a former French colony.
It's a little larger than the land area of the Philippines but its population is much less -- about one-fifth.
The first stamp issue came out in 1892. In 1945, however, it began using the stamps of French West Africa after becoming a part of this federation. As a republic, it started issuing its own stamps in 1959, although it became a republic in 1958 and gained full independence from France later in 1960.
Felix Houphouet-Boigny (1908-1993) was the first president of Ivory Coast from 1960 to 1993.