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A mountain near Boundiali
A mountain near Boundiali
Boundiali is located in Ivory Coast
Location in Ivory Coast
Coordinates: 9°31′N 6°29′W / 9.517°N 6.483°W / 9.517; -6.483Coordinates: 9°31′N 6°29′W / 9.517°N 6.483°W / 9.517; -6.483
Country Ivory Coast
 • Total59,586
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Boundiali is a town in northern Ivory Coast. It is a sub-prefecture of and the seat of Boundiali Department. It is also the seat of Bagoué Region in Savanes District and a commune.

Its population, the Boundialikas, is composed mainly of ethnic groups shared across the borders of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, as well as some Fulas. Boundiali is a centre for Senoufo people and is known for crafts. The inhabitants are chiefly farmers and stockbreeders as well as tradesmen or civil servants.


The economy of the town of Boundiali is largely based on the cotton industry, introduced by the French during the colonial period, and primarily intended for export. Corn, groundnut, millet, manioc, banana, mangoes, yam, and rice are also cultivated, mainly for local consumption.

The town has a hospital, a modern college and two factories for cotton processing, its principal industry, to the point of being called "white gold".


Boundiali's mayor is Zémogo Fofana, former member of the RDR, and a former government minister. He has created his own party with Jean-Jacques Bechio, another former minister and Director of the RDR.


The town is surrounded by two "mountains"[2] that are part of the Guinean mountain range that culminates at Mount Nimba.[3]

The area is savanna region, with tropical to subtropical vegetation. The climate is very hot and dry (Sudanese climate). In December and January, Harmattan, a powerful wind, blows in from the Sahara, lowering the temperature considerably.


The neighbouring villages, are home to artisans who manufacture statues of human or animal figures as well as wood-carved doors and sénoufo chairs.

The ceremonies of the area are celebrated with the popular use of Djembe, Kora and Balaphon.

Onchocerciasis devastated the riverside villages of the area, but was effectively eradicated in 1980, thanks chiefly to Canadian co-operation.[4]

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  1. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Mountains" ("montagnes") is the term used by the local population.
  3. ^ The Boundiali region has been the subject of a thesis of the Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand: Le Volcanisme du sillon de Boundiali, phénomène principal du Protérozoïque inférieur de cette région N.NW de la Côte d'Ivoire.
  4. ^ River Blindness Documentary "37 Million and Counting" by Aaron Edell,
  5. ^ Murial Diallo Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.,, Retrieved 23 February 2016


  • Les charrues de la Bagoue - Gestion paysanne d'une opération cotonnière en Côte d'ivoire, by Jacqueline Peltre-Wurtz, published in 1999 (Editor: IRD)
  • Histoire des Fohobele de Cote d'ivoire - Une Population Sénoufo inconnue, by Tiona Ferdinand Ouattara, published in 1999 in Editions Karthala.
  • Le volcanisme du sillon de Boundiali, phénomène principal du proterozoique inférieur de cette région N.NW de la Cote d'Ivoire, thesis by the Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand.
  • Étude Pédologique De La Région De Boundiali-Korhogo - Méthodologie et typologie détaillée, morphologie et caractères analytiques, by Alain-Gérard Beaudou, published by Editions de l'ORSTOM.
  • Les Sénoufos (Y compris les Miniankas), by B. Holas, published in 1957 by Presses Universitaires de France.

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