Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso Destinations Travel Guide


Language: French, regional languages

Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)

Calling Code: 226


Burkina Faso is a state of West Africa that borders the northwest with Mali, the northeast with Niger, the south with Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Burkina Faso does not have access to the sea. It became independent from France on August 5, 1960. Government instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed by multi-party elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand rural workers migrate each year to Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana looking for work.


Formerly called the Republic of the Upper Volta, the country was renamed on August 4, 1984 by President Thomas Sankara, who considered the name of Upper Volta a legacy of French colonialism, alien to the history and national reality of the Voltaic / Burkinabe people. Burkina Faso means 'homeland of honest men', from the Mossi Burkina term, 'honest men', and from the diula faso voice, 'homeland'. According to the Constitution of Burkina Faso, "Faso is the republican form of the State", so there is no way "Republic of Burkina Faso" or "Republic of Burkina" to officially refer to this African country, but the name official is "Burkina Faso". Similarly, the head of state is called as "president of the Faso" (abbreviated, "PF"), instead of president of the Republic.


Travel Destinations in Burkina Faso



Loropéni are fairly well preserved ancient ruins lost in an African jungle of Burkina Faso.



History of Burkina Faso

Early story
At the beginning of the XI century, Mosi tribes from the north-east of present Ghana came to the territory of the country. Mosi subjugated the local tribes of Nyenese, Grusi and Busa. The Dogon tribe retreated north. In the territory of modern Burkina Faso, the states of Ouagadougou, Yatenga, Tenkodogo, and Fadan Gurma have existed since the 14th century. From the XIV to XVI century, the state of Yatenga conquered part of the territories of neighboring Mali and Songai.

Colonial period
At the end of the XIX century, the colonization of land by the French began. In 1895, the army of the state of Yateng was defeated, in 1897 Fadan Gourmet recognized the protectorate of France. From 1904 to 1919, Upper Volta was part of the French colony of Upper Senegal - Niger, then separated into a separate colony. In 1915-1917, a large part of the country was swept by the anti-colonial uprising of the Volta Bani. In 1934, a railway was built to Abidjan. In 1947, the Upper Volta colony was restored. The African Democratic Association (ADO) was gaining strength, led by Kulibaly, then Maurice Yameogo. From 1947 to 1958, the French Upper Volta was the overseas territory of France, then the autonomous Republic of Upper Volta was formed as part of the French community. In 1958, Upper Volta expressed its desire to join the then planned and existing in 1959-1960 Federation of Mali (Mali and Senegal), but under pressure from the Ivory Coast adjacent to it, she refused to participate in this federation. In December 1959, Yameogo became president of the republic, banning all political parties except his own first.

Period of independence
On August 5, 1960, Yameogo proclaimed the independence of the Upper Volta State and became its president.

In January 1966, a nationwide strike began, as a result of which Yameogo was overthrown. Power passed to the military, led by Lt. Col. Sangula Lamizana.

February 18, 1967 established diplomatic relations with the USSR.

In 1970, a new constitution was adopted, political parties were allowed, Lamizana (who became a brigadier general) was elected by universal suffrage as the country's president. However, on the eve of the next presidential election in 1974, disagreements among the leaders of the ruling party intensified, and in February 1974 Lamizana usurped power. In 1977, Lamisana returned the country to civilian rule.

But in November 1980, a military regime was again established in Upper Volta, led by Colonel Saye Zerbo. The Constitution of Upper Volta, adopted in 1977, was abolished, the power in the country passed to the Military Committee.

In November 1982, Zerbo was ousted as a result of another military coup that brought Major Jean Baptiste Ouedraogo to power. In 1983, the new president decided to break with the "left" in his government, one of the measures was the removal from the cabinet of ministers of the adherent of socialist views, captain Thomas Sankara.

As a result of the next military coup in August 1983, Sankara became the head of state and proclaimed a course for the social revolution, which he implemented in very unusual ways. On August 4, 1984, at his initiative, the country was renamed Burkina Faso. He was very popular in society, not least because of his emphasized proximity to the people - for example, he passed a law on the disclosure of the income of all officials, refused his president’s salary (about $ 2,000) and donated it to an orphanage every month, lived at $ 460 a month, he didn’t use air conditioning in his office, “because it’s not available to the people,” refused to authorize the hanging of his portraits in public places and offices due to the fact that “in our country there are seven million people like me ". For his leftist views, Sankara was nicknamed "African Che Guevara."

In 1985, a border conflict erupted with Mali over a territory rich in mineral resources that was located on an unmarked section of the border (the so-called “Agasher War”). By decision of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations, where the parties appealed, the disputed territory was divided approximately in half.

On October 15, 1987, Sankara was killed in a coup made by his closest ally, Blaise Compaoré. On June 11, 1991, a new constitution was adopted. In 1997, restrictions on the number of re-election of the president were lifted, which gave Compaore the right to occupy this post for virtually life.


Against the backdrop of mass demonstrations provoked by the preparation of constitutional amendments, according to which President Compaoré, who has been in power for 27 years, could again apply for this post next year and remain in power for another 5 years, on October 30, 2014, a coup took place in the country . The military came to power. A curfew was imposed in the country. The government was dismissed, and parliament dissolved. Instead, a provisional governing body will be formed, which should restore constitutional order within a year.

On September 16, 2015, the military of the Presidential Guard of Burkina Faso broke into the building where the government meeting was held and detained and. about. President Michelle Cafando less than four weeks before the election. In addition, Prime Minister Yitzhak Zida and two ministers were detained and the creation of a “National Council of Democracy" was announced, to which all power was transferred. The putschists explained their actions as “a difficult security situation on the eve of the elections” and the need to “prevent the destabilization of the situation in the country.” However, the provisional government of Burkina Faso previously announced plans to restructure the presidential guard, which consists of approximately 1,200 soldiers, which served as a real reason for rebellion. On September 23, having not received the support of either the population or the army, the “end” of the coup was announced, Acting President Kafando and Prime Minister Zida returned to their duties. On October 1, the head of the putschists, Brigadier General Gilbert Dyendre, was arrested.