The country adopted the name Burkina Faso after its independence. Talking about independence, Burkina Faso got her independence on the 5th of August 1960. 1960 obviously seems to be the year most countries in Africa broke loose from the shackles of their colonial masters. Burkina Faso has its capital situated in Ouagadougou. The name “Ouagadougou” is gotten from the word “Wogodogo” meaning you are most welcome at home with us in the Moore Dialect.
|Mossi People of Burkina Faso (Photo Credit: Commons.Wikimedia)|
Burkina Faso is blessed with so many natural resources. The main export for the country is Gold, animal products and cotton. The largest cotton producing country in Africa is Burkina Faso. Majority of the food source in Burkina Faso is accompanied with sauce. Basically, the staple foods include sorghum, yams, peanuts, okra, potatoes, rice, beans and millet. Eighty percent of the entire population depends on solely subsistence agriculture.
The country has about sixty ethnic groups and suffices to say that some of the major sports fancied by people in Burkina Faso include boxing, football, cycling, basketball and handball. In terms of sport, the national team of Burkina Faso until the year 1984 was known as Upper Volta Football national team. The nick name of the Burkina Faso national team is The Stallions and the national team of Burkina Faso first participated in Africa Cups of Nations in the year 1974. The vast diversity in cultural affiliation in Burkina Faso is quite unique. Masks made from antelope are commonly associated with the Mossi people while the Bobo people can invoke deity using a painted black, red and white mask design in form of a butterfly.