Dida people



The Dida is an ethnic group living just west of the Baule in Ivory Coast, especially in the south-central part of the country near the towns of Lakota, Divo, Guitry, and Grand Lahou.

The Dida of Cote d’Ivoire are numbering 181,000 (Peoplegroups.org, 2023), divided into 4 subgroups.

Dida People

They are part of the Kru cluster of peoples.

The Didas resisted the economic and political intrusions of the French empire and violently resisted French colonial administration until 1918, surrendering after a nine-year-long battle.

The Didas did not become part of the larger commercial economy of Ivory Coast until after World War II, when commercial agricultura slowly penetrated their región.


Dida subgroups



Dida is a dialect cluster of the Kru family spoken in Ivory Coast.

ISO divides Dida into three groups, Yocoboué (Yokubwe) Dida (101,600 speakers in 1993), Lakota Dida (93,800 speakers in 1993), and Gaɓogbo (Guébié/Gebye) which are only marginally mutually intelligible and best considered separate languages. Yocoboué consists of the Lozoua (Lozwa) and Divo dialects (7,100 and 94,500 speakers), and Lakota the Lakota (Lákota), Abou (Abu), and Vata dialects. The prestige dialect is the Lozoua speech of the town of Guitry.