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Victor Biaka Boda (February 25, 1913 – January 28, 1950), born Biaka Boda, was an Ivorian politician. Originally a shaman, he adopted the name Victor and ventured into politics as a member of the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire - African Democratic Rally, and in 1948 was elected to the French Senate.

He is best known for the unusual circumstances of his death. In 1950, while touring Bouaflé, his car broke down. As his chauffeur repaired it, he strolled off into the jungle, never to return. His bones were recovered in November of that year. Though it is possible that he was assassinated by political rivals, rumors flourished in Paris that the senator had been eaten by his own constituents.

Stade Victor Biaka Boda, a stadium in Gagnoa, is named in his honor.

Bibliography

  • Devalois Biaka, La "disparition" du patriote ivoirien Victor Biaka Boda: Plaidoyer pour libérer sa dépouille mortelle, Editions L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997

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