|First Lady of Ivory Coast|
1962 – December 7, 1993
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Succeeded by||Henriette Konan Bédié|
near Abidjan, Ivory Coast, French West Africa
|Political party||Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire|
|Spouse(s)||Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1962–1993; his death)|
She was born Marie-Thérèse Brou in 1930 in a suburb of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, French West Africa. She was one of her parents' six children. When Brou was 16 years old, she and nineteen other Ivorian girls were chosen to attend private school in France. While living in France, she met and married her husband, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, when she was 21-years old. Houphouët-Boigny was more than 25 years older than her.
In 1987, First Lady Houphouët-Boigny, she founded the N'Daya International Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and education of children in Africa. As the Foundation's president, she led numerous projects in support of children. In 1990, she helped create and produce a cartoon, Kimboo, to offer cartoon heroes to African children.
Félix and Marie-Thérèse did not have any biological children, but adopted three children together.
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