Afriland First Bank opened its doors in Côte d'Ivoire in 1987, under the name “Caisse Commune d’Epargne et d’Investissement” (CCEI), or  Joint Savings and Investment Fund. Its first counter was opened and  became operational on July 1st, 1988 at the now Retraite Branch located in Yaounde.

Up to date, the bank counts about forty (40) branches in the ten (10) regions of Côte d'Ivoire despite the country’s unfavourable economic situation and the general tendency of banks going bankrupt.