February 19, 2015
Informative Speech Outline
By the end of my speech my audience will know some importance features of the country Côte d'Ivoire. Thesis statement:
Côte d'Ivoire is a beautiful country to visit.
I- One day, I met someone here who asked me if in Africa it is common to see monkeys roam the streets along with people or if Africans go about entirely without clothes. I was like WAOOOOO! NO! People often refer to Africa as the Dark Continent, meaning that Africans are poor, ignorant, dark-skinned, dangerous, and so on. Of course, it’s true to some extent but this doesn’t only exist in Africa, and it is not all about this. (Attention getter) II- Maybe, it is time now to take a closer look at what one of Africa’s countries has to offer. (Relevance) III- I am from Côte d'Ivoire, a country in Africa, and I think I will be the most experienced to present this country since I lived there. (Credibility) IV- Côte d'Ivoire is a beautiful country to visit.(Thesis)
V- So today, I will discuss four points about Côte d’Ivoire: background, places to visit, lifestyle and the economy. (Preview of Main Points) Transition: Let’s start with the background of Côte d’Ivoire. BODY
I- First of all, Côte d’Ivoire is located on the South Coast of West Africa. A- The land is about 124,502 square miles, an area slightly larger than New Mexico and many others countries such as United Kingdom, Ghana, Italy. B- The region was rich in ivory because of the elephants and other animals who lived there, as a result the region was called “Côte d’Ivoire”, Coast of Ivory. 1- These resources attracted many foreigners such as French and Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. However, French ancestry began to intersect the history of Côte d’Ivoire, and the land became a colony of France in 1843 before gaining independence in 1960. 2- One of Côte d’Ivoire’s great hero is Félix Houphouët-Boigny. He was the father of Côte d’Ivoire’s independence and the first president, which he remained for thirty years. Known as the “Sage of Africa” or the “Grand Old Man of Africa”, he built strong relationship with France that even allowed him to become the first African to be minister in Europe’s government. And of course, all of this benefited the country. 3- Well, here is some information about the country.
Transition: Now that we know a little background on Côte d’Ivoire, let’s travel around and see some places that you must visit if you go there. II- Côte d’Ivoire offers a diversity of places for visitors. Although the country has suffered from crisis and war since 2002, it stills continues to attract many tourists. A- One of the most impressive sites is the Basilica of our Lady of Peace, Notre Dame de La Paix in Yamoussoukro, the politic capital. 1- According to Guinness World Records of 2004, his is the world largest Christian church, bigger than St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. 2- It was built by President Félix Houphouet-Boigny from 1985 to 1989. 3- Pope John Paul II consecrated it in 1990.
B- Besides Yamoussoukro, Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire is very charming. Indeed, Means Richard, the author of the book Our World: Côte d’Ivoire published in 2011 says that “In years before the coups and civil war, Abidjan was nicknamed, “the Paris of West Africa”. You will tell me why? Just take a look. 1- The most striking view of the city is the Cathedral St Paul which is very modern and standing in front of high structures in the section of the city called the Plateau. 2- Pride of the modern Côte d'Ivoire, the Plateau business center is also a very attractive site. With its skyscrapers, offices, bridges, the presidential palace, ministries, the Plateau also called the "Manhattan of Africa" is the heart of Côte d'Ivoire. You will be able to feel how Côte d'Ivoire moves. 3- There is also the Great Mosque, almost half of Ivoirians are Muslim. 4- In contrast of modernity, you...
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