from France came to Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) in 1960.
Governmental instability during the 1970s and 1980s was followed
by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Several hundred thousand
farm workers migrate south every year to Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.Location: Western
Africa, north of Ghana Climate: Tropical;
warm, dry winters; hot, wet summers Borders: Benin 306 km,
Cote d'Ivoire 584 km, Ghana 549 km, Mali 1,000 km, Niger 628 km,
Togo 126 km More...Burkina
Faso is a land-locked country in West Africa, formerly known
as Upper Volta. Upper
Volta gained full independence from the French in 1960, and the
name was changed to Burkina Faso in 1984.
Burkina Faso was once a Mossi Kingdom,
built up by those migrating from the north of present day Ghana.
By the 19th century, the Mossi states
were considerably weakened and the French set up a protectorate
over the kingdom of Ouagadougou in 1896.
French is still the official language
of Burkina Faso.
Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso,
was the centre of a powerful Mossi state around 1400, and you
can visit the palace of a Mossi chief.Bobo-Dioulasso,
in the west of Burkina Faso, is smaller and much more interesting
for travellers who like to get to know the people.Bobo-Dioulasso
is the site of some ancient tombs, and there are also a few