Friday, December 24, 2021

7 major clans in the tribe in Africa

Nuits Balnéaires' series of photos depicts the story of the seven great clans of the N'zima Kotoko tribe through impressive visual art.

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The series is named "The Power of Alliances". It highlights the importance of solidarity and shared values in Ivory Coast, a country slowly recovering from protracted political turmoil. Through the series of photographs, Nuits Balnéaires shows the centuries-old social structures and symbols of each family.


The Adahonlins use the palm and the parrot as symbols. They are excellent farmers and educators. The Adahonlins believe that a child's successful upbringing depends heavily on good nutrition. To them, palm kernels symbolize maturity, peace and cohesion. Meanwhile, the parrot is the image of thrift.


Corn is the symbol of the N'vavilé lineage. This is a clan famous for its great leaders and dancers. The N'vavilés were so close to the Mafolés that the two sides often held funerals together.

The symbols of the Alonhomba clan are raffia and calabash - representing dominion, courage and perseverance. Their motto is: The unhappiness of some makes others happy.


The clan of N'djua is symbolized by fire and the dog. Members of this clan are seen as the light, the key to the visible world. While fire brings warmth from people. Dogs represent affection and loyalty.

The clan of Ezohilé is seen as the king of kings. Their leaders ride elephants and walk on a white sheepskin rug. The Ezohilé people believe their symbol is water - the source of life. However, they don't think water is enough for survival. Therefore, the symbol of this clan also has crows, rice and cats.

The Mafolé takes gold and silver as its symbol. They are skilled gold diggers.

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