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Cities: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, (pronounced Wagadugu) is the largest city in the country and as such, the administrative and economic hub of the country. The city, shortened to Ouaga, has its inhabitants go by the name of ouagalais. The spelling of the name Ouagadougou is derived from the French spelling common in former French African colonies.


The major industries in this city are textiles and food processing. One of the largest markets in West Africa, the Ouagadougou grand market, was located in the city before it burnt down in 2003 but has been reopened. The National Museum of Burkina Faso, the Moro-Naba Palace (site of the Moro-Naba Ceremony), the National Museum of Music, and several craft markets are also located within this city.


Ouagadougou’s climate borders between tropical wet and dry with the rainy season extending from May to October and its height from June to September, the cold season running through January from December and the hot season running from March to May. The harmattan (a dry wind) and the monsoon are the two main factors that determine the city’s climate.


As the city is the economic hub of the country, its economy is based on industry and commerce which prompts the migration of people from the countryside to find employment since the city is where goods are collected and directed to rural areas. Another important part of the economy which consists of communications, banking, transport, bars, restaurants, hotels, as well as administrative jobs is the tertiary sector. Ouaga is home to Burkina’s international airport. Air Burkina is the national airline serving domestic and regional cities. You can also fly direct from Paris on Air France.

The city is very peaceful and has a lot of sights to visit which makes it indeed beautiful.

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