Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural, and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country’s largest city, with a population of 2,200,000 in 2015. The city’s name is often shortened to Ouaga. The inhabitants are called ouagalais. A former French colony, it gained independence as Upper Volta in 1960. The name Burkina Faso, which means “Land of Incorruptible People,” was adopted in 1984. The capital, Ouagadougou, is in the centre of the country and lies about 500 miles (800 km) from the Atlantic Ocean.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
The name Ouagadougou dates back to the 15th century when the Ninsi tribes inhabited the area. They were in constant conflict until 1441 when Wubri, a Yonyonse hero and an important figure in Burkina Faso’s history, led his tribe to victory. The culture of Burkina Faso in West Africa is also called the Burkinabé culture. Two key elements of culture in Burkina Faso (a country once known as Upper Volta) are its indigenous masks and dancing. Native dance, on the other hand, is employed to demonstrate the villagers’ desire for blessings by the spirits.
Brief City History
Ouagadougou, also spelled Wagadugu, capital and largest town of Burkina Faso, western Africa. It was the capital of the historic Mossi kingdom of Wagadugu (founded in the 15th century) and the seat of the morho naba (“great king”) of the Mossi people. Islam became the religion of the kings under Naba Dulugu (ruled 1796?–1825?). The morho naba still lives in the city, though his powers were greatly eclipsed by the French colonial and post-independent administrations. Ouagadougou is a city of large trees and modern public buildings abutting traditional residential neighborhoods. It has a market, a crafts centre, the national museum, and the University of Ouagadougou (1969). It is connected by rail to the Atlantic Ocean port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and has an international airport. Major products include textiles, carbonated beverages, matches, and footwear. Pop. (2006) 1,475,223; (2017 est.) 2,388,700.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
The Mossi language (Mossi: Mòoré) is spoken by about 40% of the population, mainly in the central region around the capital, Ouagadougou. French is the official language.
Important Types of Commerce in Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou’s primary industries are food processing and textiles. It is served by an international airport and is linked by rail to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast and, for freight only, to Kaya. There are several highways linking the city to Niamey, Niger, south to Ghana, and southwest to Ivory Coast.
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