Côte d’Ivoire Trip with Mr. Hamed Bakayoko

Seven years ago, I embarked on a business trip that would not only shape my entrepreneurial journey but also provide me with unique insights into the cultural and business landscape of Côte d’Ivoire. The highlight of this transformative journey was a meeting with Mr. Hamed Bakayoko, the Minister of Defense and the Master of the Great Lodge of Freemasons of Ivory Coast. In this blog post, I want to share the experiences and lessons learned during this significant encounter, shedding light on the intersection of business, culture, and fraternity.

Côte d’Ivoire: A Vibrant Tapestry of Business Opportunities

My journey began with a realization of the immense potential that Côte d’Ivoire held for entrepreneurs. The country, with its rich resources and growing economy, presented a canvas of untapped business opportunities. As I navigated through Abidjan’s bustling streets and engaged with local entrepreneurs, I discovered the warmth and resilience that define the Ivorian spirit.

Meeting Mr. Hamed Bakayoko: A Glimpse into Leadership and Brotherhood

One of the pivotal moments of my trip was the meeting with Mr. Hamed Bakayoko. As the Minister of Defense and the Master of the Great Lodge of Freemasons, Mr. Bakayoko was a prominent figure, not only in the political landscape but also within the influential fraternity of Freemasons. Our conversation transcended typical business discussions, delving into the principles of leadership, fraternity, and the role of entrepreneurship in shaping a nation.

Insights on Leadership

Mr. Bakayoko shared valuable insights on leadership, emphasizing the importance of vision, integrity, and a commitment to service. His perspectives on navigating the complex political landscape of Côte d’Ivoire were enlightening, offering me a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between business and governance.

The Role of Freemasonry in Ivorian Culture

Our discussion extended to Mr. Bakayoko’s role as the Master of the Great Lodge of Freemasons. This allowed me to gain a unique perspective on the influence of Freemasonry in Ivorian culture and society. The principles of brotherhood, philanthropy, and personal development were evident pillars that contributed to the fabric of the nation.

Entrepreneurship as a Catalyst for Positive Change

Mr. Bakayoko expressed a keen interest in the role of entrepreneurs as catalysts for positive change. Our conversation underscored the symbiotic relationship between business leaders and policymakers, highlighting the need for collaborative efforts to drive economic growth and societal development.

Lessons Learned and Continued Collaboration

As I reflect on that pivotal meeting seven years ago, the lessons learned continue to shape my entrepreneurial journey. The importance of cultural understanding, building meaningful connections, and recognizing the broader impact of business endeavors are principles that resonate with me to this day. I remain grateful for the insights gained during my time in Côte d’Ivoire and look forward to continued collaboration with the vibrant and dynamic business community of this remarkable nation.

Professional Growth and Networking

The connections made during this trip proved to be invaluable for my business. Networking with local entrepreneurs, government officials, and members of the Great Lodge opened doors to new opportunities and collaborations. The relationships forged during my time in Ivory Coast continue to be instrumental in navigating the dynamic business landscape of the region.

Entrepreneurial Odyssey: A Transformative Business Trip to Côte d’Ivoire and Insights from a Meeting with Mr. Hamed Bakayoko.

Reflecting on my business trip to Côte d’Ivoire, meeting Mr. Hamed Bakayoko, and delving into the world of the Great Lodge of Freemasons, I am grateful for the transformative experiences and insights gained. This journey not only expanded my professional network but also enriched my understanding of the interconnectedness between business, culture, and community. As an entrepreneur, embracing such opportunities for dialogue and collaboration is essential for fostering growth and contributing to a global community of forward-thinking leaders.


Yannick Tchoum is passionate creative, who is the Founder, Chairman & C.E.O. @ The Tchoum Group. He leads the vision and oversees the management of all subsidiaries companies under the holding's umbrella