After 55 years of independence

​Burkina Faso is celebrating 55 years of independency today. Kalangu went to the streets of Ouagadougou to talk with its citizens.

Djibrina David Sanfo, teacher. 35 years.

What do you think of independency day?

In general, independence is a word used poorly or not correctly by the African colonizers. As in the case of my country, our laws are dictated, the decisions of our authorities are taken after the interests of France.

How will you celebrate today?

Independence day isn't a celebration for me. It’s a way to blind people. This day should be devoted to raise awareness and open the eyes of the youth.

What do think of Burkina Faso’s future?

The future of Burkina remains in the hands of its citizens. We still have to work to maintain our country so that it remains united if we want to retain a prosperous future that bears can not live in the Sahel



Olga Suzanne Compaore. Second year law-student at the University of Ouagadougou. 22 years old.

What do you think of independency day?

Independence for me is what allows a country to develop for its own interest. Although, I believe that my country’s independence is fictional.

How will you celebrate today?

I will celebrate independence day with my friends trying to form a circle talk about the difficulties the Burkina faces and try to find solutions on how to address these problems.

What do think of Burkina Faso’s future?

Our country is currently in transition. The future is though bright, seeing the difficulties we have gone through.



Tapbi Hibrahim Tapsoba, musician. 45 years old.

What do you think of independency day?

Independence is the freedom that people acquire through struggle and many sacrifices.

How will you celebrate today?

Celebrating the independence of Burkina Faso is at least an opportunity to bring the youth of my last sector to teach them the history of the country and analyze how Burkina can be even more independent.

What do think of Burkina Faso’s future?

I believe in a bright future of my country because of the courage of youth and the union and its the brave people. We saw that uprising the 30 and October 31, 2014.



Souliatou Beogo, second year economy student at the University of Ouagadougou. 22 years.

What do you think of independency day?

Independency is just a word that exists orally, written by our colonizers. But in practice, in the everyday life of the government and the citizens, we rather see a population that is.

How will you celebrate today?

I’m ashamed to hear about the celebration of the independency. Because the money the government invests in this celebration, which is nothing but a word to please the colonizers, could without doubt had been used to national developments like constructions of hospitals and schools.

What do think of Burkina Faso’s future?

I’m pessimistic about the state of my country, as certain factors are still not met; like the success of a free and transparent election, civil rights and proper maintaining of the public’s wealth.



Aime Soalla, Security guard. 29 years old.

What do you think of the independency?

For me independence is a hide and seek game that the West uses. We can’t speak of independence if we continue to use CFA [ed. Central African Franc], the French educational programs, European rules and so on.

How will you celebrate today?

Independence isn’t a celebration for me; it’s like any other day. Organizing an exorbitant party with the budget Burkina has is being ignorant. It’s spitting on others and oneself.

What do think of Burkina Faso’s future?

The future will be better because the uprising is a lesson for the leaders of Burkina that nothing will be the same.

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Thierry Tapsoba

22 years old teacher and writer from Ouagadougou