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Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny

Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny
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Marie and her husband Félix Houphouët-Boigny at the White House attending a state dinner with U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962
First Lady of Ivory Coast
In role
1962 – December 7, 1993
PresidentFélix Houphouët-Boigny
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byHenriette Konan Bédié
Personal details
Marie-Thérèse Brou

(1930-09-17) September 17, 1930 (age 91)
near Abidjan, Ivory Coast, French West Africa
Political partyDemocratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire
Spouse(s)Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1962–1993; his death)

Marie-Thérèse Houphouët-Boigny (born 17 September 1930) is the former First Lady of Ivory Coast. Her husband was Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the first President of Côte d'Ivoire from 1962 to 1993.

She was born Marie-Thérèse Brou in 1930 in a suburb of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, French West Africa. She was one of her parents' six children. When Brou was 16 years old, she and nineteen other Ivorian girls were chosen to attend private school in France. While living in France, she met and married her husband, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, when she was 21 years old. Houphouët-Boigny was more than 25 years older than her.

Houphouët-Boigny caught the eye of the media during 1962 visit to the Kennedy White House, and was dubbed "Africa's Jackie" or 'Black Jackie Kennedy" by the media. In 1987, Houphouët-Boigny founded the N'Daya International Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and education of children in Africa. As the Foundation's president, she led numerous projects in support of children. In 1990, she helped create and produce Kimboo, a cartoon series aired on BET, to offer cartoon heroes to African children.

Houphouët-Boigny was the first lady of the Ivory Coast for 33 years, until her husband's death in 1993. Félix and Marie-Thérèse did not have any biological children, but adopted three children together.

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