Gbêkê Region (also known as Wawlè Region) is one of the 31 regions of Ivory Coast. Since its establishment in 2011, it has been one of two regions in Vallée du Bandama District. The seat of the region is Bouaké and the region's population in the 2021 census was 1,352,900,[3] making it the third-most populous region of Ivory Coast.

Gbêkê Region
Région de Gbêkê
Wawlè Region
Région du Wawlè
Motto: 
"Union-Paix-Developpement"
Location of Gbêkê Region (green) in Ivory Coast and in Vallée du Bandama District
Location of Gbêkê Region (green) in Ivory Coast and in Vallée du Bandama District
Country Ivory Coast
DistrictVallée du Bandama
Established2011
Regional seatBouaké
Government
 • PrefectTuo Fonzi
 • Council PresidentMangoua Koffi Saraka Jacques
Area
 • Total8,990 km2 (3,470 sq mi)
Population
 (2021 census)[3]
 • Total1,352,900
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)

Gbêkê is currently divided into four departments: Béoumi, Botro, Bouaké, and Sakassou.

NameEdit

In the 2011 decree that created the region, Gbêkê was referred to alternatively as the region of "Wawlè".[4]

LocationEdit

Gbêkê is located in the north of the country, it borders Hambol, Iffou, Bélier Region, Marahoué and Béré Region

NotesEdit

Coordinates: 7°41′N 5°1′W / 7.683°N 5.017°W / 7.683; -5.017