Baule love poem
Or n'oul glacinou.
Or ti mi djoué klan man.
Hé n' dè n' dè or nounou.
Or ti mi kasien klo or
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Baule women & history
Love poem in Baule (baoule, bawule, baule-ando), a kwa language. Kwa a word that means "human being" in many languages. Baule is one a language of Ivory Coast, between Bouaké and Yamoussoukro.
Baule migrated from Ghana 3 centuries ago, looking for gold deposits, and trafficking routes to the coast. Their tradition explains that in the mid-18th century, the Asabu with Queen Abla Pokou who fled the Ashanti country, arrived in Ivory Coast. Once there, the Baules gradually established an economic, linguistic and political hegemony even a "baulisation" of ethnic groups present before them (Agba).
The Baule country, is an area more than 32,000 square kilometers in the center of the Ivory Coast. The Baules counting the diaspora are 1.5 million. In Côte d'Ivoire, they represent 20% of the population.
This Akan people does not practice art for art, but the objects that it manufactures are for ritual purposes. They are demographically speaking, the largest population of Ivory Coast. As for the other Akan groups, their society was matrilineal, and there was no political authority above the village level. Among the Baule, the captives were quickly integrated into the matrilineages. Today, their economy relies heavily on the industrial exploitation of coffee and cocoa.