Burkina Faso

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Formerly known as Upper Volta, the country’s name was changed in 1984 to Burkina Faso, meaning ‘the land of honest men’. The area it covers was settled by farming communities until their invasion by the Mossi people in the 11th century. The Mossi successfully resisted Islamic crusades and attacks by neighbouring empires for seven centuries until conquered by the French between 1895 and 1903.


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Further Reading

  1. Nnaji, B. O., Blaise Compaoré: Architect of the Burkina Faso Revolution. Lagos, 1991Google Scholar
  2. National Statistical Office:. Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie (INSD), 555 Boulevard de l’Indépendance, 01 BP 374, Ouagadougou.Google Scholar
  3. Website (French only):.

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