The Government of Côte d’Ivoire and CAF unveiled in Abidjan on Friday evening, the Official Mascot of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023) called Akwaba.

The official mascot, named “AKWABA”, was introduced to the people of Côte d’Ivoire at a launch event in Abidjan, marking the start of the 190-day countdown to the event’s kickoff.

The opening match of the competition will be played on January 13, 2023.

AKWABA, a word derived from a local Ivorian language meaning welcome, sums up the essential values that make it a strong symbol of the competition: hospitality, friendship, generosity and team spirit.

“The mascot offers an authentic experience of Ivorian hospitality, connects with fans, players and nations, and celebrates team spirit by promoting cooperation, mutual respect and fair play,” explains the Organizing Committee.

Official image of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire, representing the Ivorian identity and drawing inspiration from the country’s emblematic elephant, Akwaba is now the face of the competition.