OUAGADOUGOU IN THE HEART OF WEST AFRICA
- Country Facts
Around 14 millions inhabitants, split into 65 ethnic groups, among which the « Mossis » count for half (50%) of the total population.
Created in 1919, this territory has been disowned and shared by neighbourhood countries in 1932. in 1947, the country has been rebuilt by French colonisation. Previously named “Upper Volta”, it has been renamed « Burkina Faso », meaning the country of loyal people. And this name, was given by Thomas Sankara in 1984.
Landlocked country of the Sahel (“Shore” of the Desert), Burkina Faso is not the ideal destination of tourism of mass, in the search of beaches and luxuriant vegetation. He is appreciated above all for his hospitality, the beauty and the diversity of his villages, and his very great cultural richness, been used by events as international repute.
The most famous festivals are :
- FESPACO (Panafrican Festival of Cinema of Ouagadougou) taking place every two years (odd years) at the end of February
-SIAO (International Craftsmanship Meeting of Ouagadougou) taking place every two years as well (eve years), at the end of October
-THE RECREATRALES (Theatre Festival organized by The Cartel in the district of Gounghin) which takes place every two years (even years) in early November and has become a prestigious international event.
But it is necessary to also take into account:
- the International Theatre festival for Development (FITD), one of most important of the kind on the continent, which is held every two years, even years, at the end of February
- the International Theatre festival of Puppets of Ouagadougou (FITMO), which is held every two years, odd years, in October
- the International Jazz festival of Ouagadougou, each year in April-May (also takes place in Bobo Dioulasso and Koudougou
- the Festival of Choreographic Arts "Body Dialogues", which is held each year in December, with a series of spectacles, workshops, gathering artists of Africas and Europe (Ouagadougou accommodates two prestigious Research centres Choreographic, with "the Termitière" one, created by "Salia ni Seydou", and since 2008, that one of Irène Tassembedo, which returned to Burkina after remarquable performances in France)
- "Ouaga Hip Hop",, which is held each year in October and November in several cities of the country, over four days.
Et dans les autres régions, entre autres :
- « YELEEN », which means "light" in dioula, international tales and music festival, which takes place every year in Bobo-Dioulasso covering 12 days (and a day in Ouagadougou) in December with dance and percussions training courses for adults and children
- « Atypical Nights of Koudougou » (NAK) which is held each year during 5 days in Koudougou, in November or December.
Nature lovers (and the hunters) will appreciate the Large Parks of Fauna and in particular:
-the Park of W which extends also to Benin and Niger
-the Park of Arly
-the Park of Pama, in the East and South-eastern part of the Country
-the Park of Nazinga, two driving hours from Ouagadougou, on the road of Ghana.
To compensate its enslavement, Burkina makes it possible to radiate on Niger (Country equipped with splendid deserts: Aïr, Ténéré), on Mali and in particular the Dogon Country which is closer to Ouagadougou than to Bamako, on Benin (very rich Park of Fauna of Pendjari, area of the habitat "Tata"), and finally on Togo.
- Ouagadougou, the capital city, counts nearly 1,2 million inhabitants. Its hospitality is remarkable, and one likes to stroll in "the Bois de Boulogne", to take a fresh drink in one of the very many small very animated bars (named "maquis"), which often also serve of the skewers, of chickens, roasted guinea fowls and fishes…
Its rich village of SIAO which gathers in the same place a very large variety of craftsmen, the city has also his district of the craftsmen of bronze, his district of antique dealers, many workshops of artists plastics technicians (painters, sculptors, designers….).
25 kilometres to the road to Niamey, you will enjoy visiting Laongo, site which exposes works of artists coming from the whole world to carve blocks of granite.
All around the capital, of the ceramic villages, traditional dyers and of sewers, ponds with sacred crocodiles.
Two of the three Riding centres organise during the fresh season (December-January) one week riding trips along the Dogon country (Reminder : Do not forget to get your visa before coming to Mali) and in North sahélien of Burkina Faso (Gorom-Gorom, Dori).