Acoua is a commune in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean.

Coat of arms of Acoua

Coat of arms
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Location of Acoua
Coordinates: 12°43′21″S 45°03′23″E / 12.7225°S 45.0564°ECoordinates: 12°43′21″S 45°03′23″E / 12.7225°S 45.0564°E
Overseas region and departmentMayotte
IntercommunalityNord de Mayotte
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Ahmed Darouechi
12.62 km2 (4.87 sq mi)
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+03:00
INSEE/Postal code
97601 /97630
Elevation0–498 m (0–1,634 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Historical population
2018 Mayotte's 1st constituency by-election

A by-election was held in Mayotte's 1st constituency on 18 March 2018, with a second round on 25 March as no candidate secured a majority of votes in the first round. The by-election was called after the Constitutional Council invalidated the election of Ramlati Ali, candidate of the Socialist Party (PS) in the June 2017 legislative elections and member of the La République En Marche group in the National Assembly, on 19 January 2018.

In the second round on 25 March, Ali was re-elected with 54.99% of the vote.

Bushi language

Bushi (Shibushi or Kibushi) is a dialect of Malagasy spoken in the French-ruled Comorian island of Mayotte. Malagasy dialects most closely related to Bushi are spoken in northwestern Madagascar in the area of Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez) and Mahajanga (Majunga), which is also the closest point in Madagascar to Mayotte. Bushi and Majunga together are considered one of the Malagasy languages by Glottolog.

Canton of Mtsamboro

The canton of Mtsamboro is an administrative division of Mayotte, an overseas department and region of France. Its borders were modified at the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015. Its seat is in Mtsamboro.It consists of the following communes:


Bandraboua (partly)


Communes of Mayotte

The French overseas department of Mayotte is divided into 17 communes.

Most are located on the island of Grande Terre, except for Dzaoudzi and Pamandzi which are located on Petite Terre.

Hachiroungou Important Bird Area

The Hachiroungou Important Bird Area lies in the north-west of the French island territory of Mayotte in the Comoro Islands, lying at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel between the East African country of Mozambique and Madagascar. The nearest towns are Dzoumonyé to the east, and Mtsamboro and Acoua to the west.

List of Mayotte-related topics

This is a partial list of topics related to Mayotte.

List of cities in Mayotte

The following is a list of cities in Mayotte:




















Mayotte (French: Mayotte, pronounced [majɔt]; Shimaore: Maore, IPA: [maˈore]; Malagasy: Mahori) is an overseas department and region of France officially named the Department of Mayotte (French: Département de Mayotte). It consists of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Maore), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two. Mayotte is part of the Comoros archipelago, located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa, between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique. The department status of Mayotte is recent and the region remains, by a significant margin, the poorest in France. Mayotte is nevertheless much more prosperous than the other countries of the Mozambique Channel, making it a major destination for illegal immigration.

Mayotte's area is 374 square kilometres (144 sq mi) and, with its 270,372 people according to January 2019 official estimates, is very densely populated at 723 per km2 (1,872 per sq mi). The biggest city and prefecture is Mamoudzou on Grande-Terre. However, the Dzaoudzi–Pamandzi International Airport is located on the neighbouring island of Petite-Terre. The territory is also known as Maore, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of the Comoros.

Although, as a department, Mayotte is now an integral part of France, the majority of the inhabitants do not speak French as a first language, but a majority of the people 14 years and older report in the census that they can speak French (with varying levels of fluency). The language of the majority is Shimaore, a Sabaki language closely related to the varieties in the neighbouring Comoros islands. The second most widely spoken native language is Kibushi, a Malagasy language, of which there are two varieties, Kibushi Kisakalava, most closely related to the Sakalava dialect of Malagasy, and Kibushi Kiantalaotra. Both have been influenced by Shimaore. The vast majority of the population is Muslim.

The island was populated from neighbouring East Africa with later arrival of Arabs, who brought Islam. A sultanate was established in 1500.

In the 19th century, Mayotte was conquered by Andriantsoly, former king of Iboina on Madagascar, and later by the neighbouring islands Mohéli and then Anjouan before being purchased by France in 1841. The people of Mayotte voted to remain politically a part of France in the 1974 referendum on the independence of the Comoros. Mayotte became an overseas department on 31 March 2011 and became an outermost region of the European Union on 1 January 2014, following a 2009 referendum with an overwhelming result in favour of the department status.

Mayotte's 1st constituency

The 1st constituency of Mayotte is a French legislative constituency on the island of Mayotte.

A by-election was held in the constituency after the invalidation of the election of Ramlati Ali on 19 January 2018.

It led to the election of Ramlati Ali in the second round.


Mtsangadoua is a village in the commune of Acoua on Mayotte.

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