Ouagadougou


Ouagadougou
/wah'geuh dooh"gooh/, n.
a city in and the capital of Burkina Faso, in the central part. 124,779.

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City (pop., 1993 est.: 690,000), capital of Burkina Faso, western Africa.

It was the capital of the historic Mossi kingdom of Wagadugu, which was founded in the 15th century. The Mossi king still lives in the city, though his powers have been eclipsed by the French colonial and postindependence administrations. A manufacturing centre, it is the country's largest city and is connected by rail to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. A biennial film festival, the largest in Africa, is held in the city.

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also spelled  Wagadugu  
 capital and largest town of Burkina Faso, West Africa. It was the capital of the historic Mossi kingdom of Wagadugu (founded in the 15th century) and the seat of the morho naba (“great king”) of the Mossi people. Islam became the religion of the kings under Naba Dulugu (ruled 1796?–1825?). The morho naba still lives in the city, though his powers were greatly eclipsed by the French colonial and post-independent administrations.

      Ouagadougou is a city of large trees and modern public buildings abutting traditional residential neighbourhoods. It has a market, a crafts centre, the national museum, and the University of Ouagadougou (1969). It is connected by rail to the Atlantic Ocean port of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and has an international airport. Major products include textiles, carbonated beverages, matches, and footwear. Pop. (1996) 709,736.

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