Everything you need to know about Burkina Faso: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Burkina Faso: The Poorest Nation in West Africa
Burkina achieved its independence in the year 1960 and the country’s first independent president was Maurice Yameogo who was known for leading a lavish lifestyle. Tracing back its colonial past Burkina Faso was ruled by the Mossi Empire till the 19th century and in 1896, the French colonizers took over. Firstly, it was known as Upper Volta and in the year 1984, it acquired its present name.
Fast-Facts on Burkina Faso:
The climate of Au Burkina Faso is characterized by extreme temperatures and high humidity levels. The temperature in the winters comes down to as low as 7 degree Celsius, while in summers it raises up to 48 degree Celsius. However, November to February is the best time to visit this place as the cool Harmattan winds blow and thereby, produce a pleasant weather.
Culture and Cuisine of Burkina:
Burkina Faso consists of over 60 different ethnic groups who have their own distinct culture and social living. The most famous artistic styles are of Mossi, Bobo and Lobi. Other important culture elements include masks and dancing. The masks are worn as a part of sacrificial rites by the villagers to earn blessings from their gods. The literature of Burkinians is based on the oral tradition. It’s a precursor to the renaissance of African art and culture.
A typical Burkinian cuisine consists of primary staple foods like sorghum, millet, yams, okra, peanuts and maize along with grilled meat. Some popular dishes include Riz Sauce, Sauce gombo and Brochettes. Some of the local drinks include Bissap, Dolo, Toedo, Yamoku and Zoomkoom, a soft drink.
Tourist Attractions in Burkina:
Burkina has ample places to visit and not surprisingly, these are least explored and less populated. Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou has an Ethnography Museum, which comprises an exotic collection of Mossi artifacts that the archaeologists and historians can relish. Also there is a small artificial lake where animal lovers can see wildlife among the greens.
Some other Attractions in Burkina Faso are:
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