By Tom Bendall

Elephant

Today we welcome Wilfried Bony to the Liberty stadium for a record fee of £12 million, the Ivorian striker signs a 4 year deal that will keep him here until possibly 2017.  The Ivory Coast international player joins from the Dutch club Vitesse Arnherm.

Hopefully the signing will create some more links between the Ivory Coast and Swansea. If we take into consideration the fame Ki Sung Yueng has brought Wales in South Korea, then it’s not out of the question for Bony to do the same.

The Ivory Coast lies on Africa’s south western coast a former French colony it gained Independence from France on the 7th of August 1960, and has Independence Day celebrations on this date every year.

The Ivory Coast has a rich history in export it was named The Ivory Coast or Côte d’Ivoire, due to the large amount of ivory that used to come from the region. The elephant is the national symbol for the country, and also the nickname of the national football team. Now the Ivory Coast is one of the largest producers and exporters of coffee, cocoa beans, and palm oil.

With more and more different players joining each season, it will be interesting to see how this will enrich Swansea’s cultural diversity. With Swansea being nominated for the City of Culture in 2017, what could be a more appropriate time for Bony to join Swansea City’s team?

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