He was graduated of the William Ponty School in Senegal.
A former school-teacher, then headmaster at Bouake (1950-3), he became Director of Schools from 1953 until 1956, when he was sent to France to liaise between the hundreds of Ivorian students there and the administration back home. In March 1957 he was elected for Bouake to the Territorial Assembly and later re-elected in April 1959, to the Legislative Assembly, of which he was the “quaestor” (treasurer) until February1963.
He entered the cabinet as Minister of Youth and Sports and took on the Armed Forces and Civic Service portfolio in September 1963, only to shed the first post and become solely Minister of Armed Forces and Civic Service on September 23, 1968.
In 1965 he became a member of the Political Bureau of the Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI) and President of the Post and Telecommunications Commission in October 1970.