First Lady Dominique Ouattara officially launched on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the 12th edition of the Festival of Urban Music of Anoumabo. The 12th edition of FEMUA will take place from Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 April in Abidjan and Gagnoa on the theme: “Gender and development”. The opening ceremony took place in Anoumabo and witnessed the presence of several officials including Mr. Abdoul Karim Sango, Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism of Burkina Faso; Mr. Kouakou Maurice Bandama, Minister of Culture and Francophonie; Ms. Bakayoko Ly-Ramata, Minister of Women, Family and Children; Mr. Jobst Von Kirchmann, EU Ambassador.
Over the years, the festival has been able to mix culture with social and humanitarian action. For this 12th edition, Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, godmother of the event responded favourably to a request made by Magic System Group. She proceeded to the renovation and equipment of the Women Institute for Training and Education (IFEF) and the Marcory Anoumabo health center. The value of the renovation work is estimated at 40 million F CFA, 20 million CFA francs for each building. In addition to that, the First Lady offered 10 million CFA to the community and to the musical bands participating in the event.
For this event the First Lady has given presents equalling 50 million CFA. The Magic System Foundation, walking in the footsteps of Mrs. Dominique Ouattara, has built a school in Gagnoa and an institute for orphans in Bingerville.
Referring to the theme of the festival, the First Lady stressed the importance of gender development. She called on decision-makers for more implication in the matter. “Today, gender development is a challenge for all decision-makers in the world. (…) the involvement of all will enable us to move the lines. We must therefore act and continue to encourage our sisters to set up their own business in order to gain autonomy, “said Dominique Ouattara. The wife of the head of state also took the opportunity to compliment magic system for the progress they have made over the years.