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Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo

Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo  

1936–Expatriate Mauritanian film director whose films focus on the experiences of Africans abroad.The son of farmers, Med Hondo was raised in the Atar region of Mauritania on the edge ...
Abidjan

Abidjan  

Largest city and chief seaport in Côte d’Ivoire, located in the southeastern part of the country.The cultural and economic center of the Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan surrounds the Ébrié Lagoon ...
Abron

Abron  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Abrong, Bron, Brong, Bono, and Tchaman.The Abron inhabit the borderlands of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. They speak a Niger-Congo ...
Amadou Hampaté Bâ

Amadou Hampaté Bâ  

1901–1991 Malian writer, storyteller, historian, and Islamic theologian who transcribed African oral epics into French and is known for coining the phrase “In Africa, when an old person dies, it is a ...
Bade

Bade  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Bede and the Bedde.The Bade primarily inhabit southeastern Burkina Faso, southwestern Niger, northwestern Nigeria, and northern Benin. They speak an ...
Bambara

Bambara  

African ethnolinguistic group.The nearly three million or so Bambara (sometimes called Bamana), who speak languages of the Mande group, live primarily in Mali along the Niger River but can ...
Bariba

Bariba  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Borgawa, the Bargu, and the Batonun.The Bariba primarily inhabit northern Benin, southeastern Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, and northern Togo. ...
Berber

Berber  

An indigenous person of northern and north-western Africa. Traditionally, the Berbers speak Berber languages, although most literate Berbers also speak Arabic. The Berbers are Sunni Muslims, and ...
Birifor

Birifor  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as Birifo and Malba.The Birifor primarily inhabit northern Ghana, southern Burkina Faso, and northern Côte d’Ivoire. They speak a Niger-Congo language and ...
Blaise Compaoré

Blaise Compaoré  

1950– President of Burkina Faso since 1987.Compaoré was born in Ziniaré, Upper Volta (present-day Burkina Faso). He joined the army, completed officers’ training school in Cameroon, and received a ...
Bobo

Bobo  

Ethnic group living predominantly in southern Burkina Faso.The Bobo were among the earliest settlers of the semiarid savanna region of southwestern Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta). Similarities ...
Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso  

Second largest city in Burkino Faso.The city of Bobo-Dioulasso is located in one of the greener areas of Burkina Faso, and has long benefited from the fertility of the ...
Builsa

Builsa  

Ethnic group of West Africa.The Builsa (also known as Builse, Bulse, and Kanjaga) primarily inhabit the Upper West region of Ghana and southern Burkina Faso. They speak a Niger-Congo ...
Busansi

Busansi  

Ethnic group of West Africa.The Busansi, also known as Bisa, Bissa, Boussansé, Busanga, and Bousanou, primarily inhabit southern Burkina Faso, northern Ghana, and northern Togo. They speak a Mande ...
Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire  

A tropical West African country, bounded on the west by Liberia and Guinea, on the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, and on the east by Ghana.Physical.Its south-facing coastline is rocky in the west ...
Dafi

Dafi  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as the Dafing and the Southern Marka.The Dafi primarily inhabit Mali and Burkina Faso. They speak a Mande language. Approximately 200,000 people consider ...
Dagari

Dagari  

Ethnic group of West Africa; also known as Dagara, Dagaba, and Dagati.The Dagari inhabit primarily northeastern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso. They speak a Niger-Congo language and belong to ...
Deforo

Deforo  

Ethnic group of West Africa.The Deforo primarily inhabit southern Mali and northern Burkina Faso. They speak a Niger-Congo language. Approximately 200,000 people consider themselves Deforo.See also ...
Economic Community of West African States

Economic Community of West African States  

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(ECOWAS) An economic grouping constituted largely on the initiative of General Gowon at Lagos in 1975 by 15 West African countries, and later (1977) joined by Cape Verde. Its object was to provide a ...
Education in Africa

Education in Africa  

History and status of Western-style schools in Africa.Much education in Africa follows the Western model of schooling. But although Western-style education predominates, Islamic schools also operate ...

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