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12 Interesting Facts About Burkina Faso

1. Burkina Faso name translates as “Land of the honest men.” Capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. Written as “Wogodogo” in the Mòoré dialect, it literally means “You are welcome here at home with us”.
Definitely a welcoming country, I should say.
2. The main export of the country is gold, followed by cotton and animal products. Apparently, Burkina Faso is one of Africa’s largest producers of cotton. Cotton is known as their ‘white gold’ by the local farmers as it contributes a major share in the country’s economy.
Brands like Victoria’s Secret have publicly stated that they are looking into improving the quality and value of organic cotton they’ve been importing from Burkina Faso. Major brands have also come under scrutiny for the prices paid for cotton and are looking into improving the livelihood of farmers in the country.
3. Burkina Faso is home to 60 different ethnic groups, each with their own variety of folk music. The Mossi is the largest ethnic group in the country.
4. Burkina Faso is a leader in African art and culture and hosts the largest craft market in Africa.
5. Burkina Faso is home to the largest elephant population in West Africa. The country has 4 national parks, 1 UNESCO Biosphere reserve, 3 Complete Reserves, 6 Partial Reserves and 10 protected forests.
6. It is one the poorest countries in the world with around 44% of its population living under the poverty line.
7. The country’s history dates back to pre-historic times. There are artifacts proving that Burkina Faso is actually home to one of the oldest human settlements in West Africa. People were hunter gatherers and later became farmers.
8. The people love the horses here. The White Stallion is the country’s national symbol. The indigenous people consider the horse to be a best friend, a wife, a colleague, and a car. The people are known as “the cowboys of West Africa” for their love of horse-riding.
9. The country has a very poor electric network outside of urban areas. Burkina Faso’s electrification remains one of the lowest in the entire Africa with only 56% of urban areas and a meager 1% of rural areas getting electricity.
10. It’s interesting to know that Burkina Faso wasn’t a country for a period of time. The country was colonised by French as it served as bridge between their coastal territories of Benin and Ivory Coast and their desert holdings in modern-day Mali and Niger. It even stopped being a country for 15 years from 1932, when it was carved up between its more important neighbors.
11. Burkina Faso has a very young population with more than 65% of the people under the age of 25.
12. There are three main rivers in Burkina Faso: the Black, White and Red Voltas, which flow into Ghana. The country was previously called “Upper Volta” after the rivers.
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