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Burkina at 50: Moving to become an emerging economy

Monday, 13 December 2010
The 50th anniversary of Burkina Faso’s independence was hosted in Bobo-Dioulasso, economic capital, yesterday. Among the guests of president Compaoré there were many African heads of state, coming from Togo, Benin, Gabon, Senegal, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Congo, and Chad. This ceremony’s main event was a huge military and civilian parade at the Independence Boulevard. Dave Barraud comes back on this celebration.

11 December National Day of Independence.

Burkina Faso is the last among seventeen West African countries to have celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in 2010. Next year, it will be the turn of some East African countries to celebrate their 50th Independence Day anniversaries.

The ceremony started with choreography showcasing the recent history of the country with flashbacks from the colonial era to today. The show went well and the talented actors enacting the past were able to capture everyone’s attention. Many presidents including Ali Bongo from Gabon, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, enjoyed the show.

The parade started with civilians representing the 33 provinces of the country marching along the Independence Boulevard in their traditional clothing. The parade was well organized and colourful. After the provinces it was the turn of the staff from different ministries to join the parade.

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