Currency and Money in Côte d'Ivoire
“The reason why they call money wheat or flour is because the ‘tou,’ which is a staple food in the entire Sub-Saharan Africa. Tou is this cake made out of flour, and the flour can be made out of corn, millet, sorghum. And it is a staple food that they can eat Monday through Friday or Saturday or Sunday. The only difference is in the stew. You can have tou today with baobab sauce, leaf, baobab leaf sauce. Tomorrow, okra sauce, the day after tomorrow, peanut stew, Friday, ‘sauce grillante,’ Saturday, ‘sauce tomate,’ still with the same staple food which is tou, the cake. You just bring water to boil, you pour the flour in there and you turn it and turn it and turn it until it becomes solid and a cake. And you eat it with your fingers and then you dump it in the stew and bring it to your mouth. So when they’re referring to money as wheat or flour is when there’s no flour, most likely there will be no dinner. So, no dinner, no flour, no wheat, no flour, no money, no flour.”
In this video, a Côte d'Ivoire expert explains concepts of money in Côte d'Ivoire.