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Celebrate Independence: 8 Interesting Facts About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, Land of Incorruptible People

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Burkina Faso is a landlocked West African country that was colonized by France. It gained its independence on Aug. 5, 1960. The name Burkina Faso translates to mean “land of incorruptible people.” The capital of Burkina Faso is Ouagadougou. Written as “Wogodogo” in the Mòoré dialect, it literally means “You are welcome here at home with us.”

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The Volta-Bani War from 1915 to 1916 was an anticolonial conflict in the Volta and Bani regions. This war was the largest challenge the French faced in their West African colonial empire.

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