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PRONOUNCED: bərˈkiːnə ˌfɑːsoʊ (English), buʁkina faso (French)
CONTRIBUTOR: Sofia on 9/14/2017
Meaning & History
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara.
The words "Burkina" and "Faso" both stem from different languages spoken in the country: Burkina comes from Mossi and means "honest" or "honest people", while Faso comes from the Dyula language and means "fatherland" (lit. "father's house").