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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso was formerly known as Upper Volta and gained independence from France in 1960. The country’s capital city is known as Ouagadougou and its population is estimated to be just slightly in excess of 17 million. Her neighbours in clued Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo.

Burkina Faso: Climate and Landscape

Burkina Faso is composed of vast plains, low hills, high savannah and a small deserted area to the north. Its location near the equator means the climate is tropical. Burkina Faso experiences warm and dry winters with hot and wet summers.

Sights and Sounds of Burkina Faso

Visitors can enjoy many activities while in Burkina Faso, some of the top locations include Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, The Sahel and Banfora among others. In Ouagadougou or Ouga as the local fondly call their city, visitors can visit the national museum, and the park. In other region, popular attractions include museums, wild life parks, sacred site, waterfalls, lakes and peaks.

Burkina Faso people and Languages

Burkina Faso’s official language is French, though several local languages are also used. Among the commonly spoken local languages are Moore, Gourma, Fulfulde, Dioula, and Tamasheq. The country’s nationals are often referred to as the Burkinabe.

Other Facts from Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso mainly earns its foreign exchange from gold, cotton and livestock exports. However, gold remains the country’s main export. Burkina Faso produces significant quantities of cotton using genetically modified seeds. In Africa, only South Africa surpasses the nation as a producer of Biotech foods. The literacy rate is low, reportedly standing at 21%, 18% of the country’s land is arable. Soccer is the country’s favourite sport. The country gets its name the “the land of upright/honest people” from Mosi warriors who are the ancestry of over half the population.

 

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