Africa's first woman notary was sworn in during a brief ceremony on Friday afternoon (25 January) in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast.
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Background: Africa's first woman notary was sworn in during a brief ceremony on Friday afternoon (25 January) in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast. Madame Marcelle Richmond, the daughter of the Ivory Coast's Minister of State M. Auguste Denise, took her oath in the Palace of Justice in the presence of President Felix Houphouet-Boigny.
Madame Richmond received her law degree from the University of Abidjan in 1966. She then served her legal apprenticeship with an Abidjan lawyer before completing her training with the senior Notary in Avignon, France. Returning home, she was appointed the Notary of Abidjan on 9 January this year, taking her oath-of-office on Friday.
As a notary, Madame Richmond will be responsible for dealing with legal transactions, the sale of land, marriage contracts, and other civil law matters.
SYNOPSIS: Madame Richmond graduated from the University of Abidjan with a law degree in 1966. She then served her legal apprenticeship with an Abidjan lawyer, before continuing her studies abroad in France, returning home earlier this year.