The name Abidjan was originated based on a very interesting story. It states that an old man was heading home with wood branches in his hand, probably for burning a fire or building his house or any other purposes which is unknown. On his way back he came across a European traveller, who had actually got lost in the woods. When the old man was asked the name of the nearest destination in an unknown language from his own, he got frightened and thought he was asking what he was doing there. He dropped his wood branches and began shouting “tchan me bidjan”. The European traveller thought this was the name of the city and that is how Abidjan came into being.