It is surrounded by six countries in the north is Mali, to the south is Ghana which is on the coast of West Africa, north east is Niger. Burkina Faso, once known as Upper Volta, and as the longtime kingdom of the Mossi people. French forces colonized this part of West Africa in 1896. In 1958, the region achieved self-governance, becoming the Republic of Upper Volta, and by 1960 had gained complete independence from France. Burkina Faso means "the country of honorable people". Its capital is Ouagadougou.
The food of Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso, is similar to the cuisines in many parts of West Africa. Typical of west African cuisine, Burkina Faso's cuisine is based on staple foods of sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, beans, yams and okra. The most common sources of protein are chicken, chicken eggs and fresh water fish. A typical Burkinabè beverage is Banji or Palm Wine, which is fermented palm sap and Zoom-kom.
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