Sunday, August 25, 2013

Haute-Volta, now called Burkina Faso - Market Scene in Ouagadougou

Republique De (Republic of) Haute Volta
Ouagadougou (Now the Capital City of Burkina Faso)
Scene de marche (Market Scene)

postmarked in 1981 with a Haute-Volta stamp

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Ouagadougou was the site of Ouagadougou grand market, one of the largest markets in West Africa, which burned in 2003 and remains closed.

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Republic of Haute Volta is now the country of Burkina Faso...

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) in size.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara, using a word from each of the country's two major native languages, Mòoré and Dioula. Figuratively, "Burkina", from Mòoré, may be translated as "men of integrity", while "Faso" means "fatherland" in Dioula. "Burkino Faso" is thus meant to be understood as "Land of upright people" or "Land of honest people".  

4 comments:

agi said...

what a great card, and from such an exotic place

Brenda Perez said...

Thank you :D

Souvenirmaniac said...

I'd love to have some postcard from Burkina Faso someday! Lucky you! :)

Brenda Perez said...

This card was sent to me as a gift from someone who follows my blog. I was doing a happy dance inside the post office when I saw it :D