Daloa, 20 July, 2020 / 11:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Clergy and the Laity including government officials in Ivory Coast have paid glowing tribute to the Bishop Emeritus of Daloa, Pierre-Marie Coty, known for writing the lyrics to the West African country’s National Anthem.
He died Friday, July 17 at the age of 92 “at 9 pm at Polyclinic Sainte Anne-Marie of Abidjan (PISAM),” the President of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo announced in a statement.
“All the members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast unite themselves to the sorrow of the biological family of the deceased and pray to the Lord, who conquered evil and death, to welcome him in Heaven,” Bishop Ignace says in his July 17 statement issued on behalf of members of CECCI.
In 1958, Bishop Coty wrote the national anthem of the Republic of Ivory Coast for which he was awarded the title “Commander of the National Order” in November 2013.
In a 2018 interview with La Croix Africa, late Bishop Coty recounted the story of the country's national anthem saying, “It was a national competition for the composition of the anthem because the country was about to become independent in two years' time (1960). In our ecclesiastical studies, we were told that we had to avoid politics. So, we did not feel concerned about this contest.”