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Burkina Faso

Facts & Figures

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  • Capital City: Ouagadougou
  • Population: 15m
  • Languages: French, various tribal languages
  • Team Nickname: Les Etalons - The Stallions
  • Official Team Web Site (wasn't working last time we visited)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: -
  • Best African Cup of Nations Performance: Runners-Up (2013)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 67 (October 2016)

Ideas for a Burkina Faso Themed Party

Burkina Faso is a land-locked country in North West Africa. To the North it shares borders with Mali, to the East lie Niger and Benin, in the West is Côte d'Ivoire, and in the South Burkina Faso shares borders with Togo and Ghana. Formerly known as Upper Volta, Burkina Faso - or the Burkina Republic (République de Burkina) - gained independence from France in 1960. The country's name translates roughly as "Fatherland of the Men of Integrity" or "Land of the Upright People".

Burkina Faso Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Burkina Faso shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for green and red table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Burkina Faso Party Decorations Ideas, visit our African Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in green and red will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a Burkina Faso Party

The food of Burkina Faso is very similar to its near neighbours Ivory Coast and Mali. As a result, many of the recipes you will find on those nations' pages are also listed below. Everyday meals often consist of corn, rice or millet porridge with various sauces or stews. Rice and couscous are also eaten, and popular ingredients include yams, peanuts, tomatoes, spinach and okra. West African "regional" dishes which are particularly popular in Burkina Faso include Chicken Yassa casserole and Kedjenou, which is chicken stewed with rice and vegetables. Fresh fish from the Volta river provide one of the main sources of protein; eggs are also frequently eaten. Side dishes include fries (chips) made with sweet potatoes, or yams cooked in a tomato sauce.

Try some of these next time "The Stallions" are playing:

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Drink for a Burkina Faso Party

Water is the most popular drink throughout West Africa, but other options include millet beer and palm wine. A favorite local drink is zoomkoom, which is made from millet flour and water and flavored with ginger and lemon. Bissap, or Hibiscus Tea is popular too. International soda brands, such as Coca Cola, Sprite and Fanta are readily available - one of the more popular being strawberry-flavoured Fanta! But, apart from water, beer is definitely the poular drink of choice, so if in doubt, that's the best option for your party!

At this point we have not been able to find a reliable source for Burkina Faso shirts. For reference, their home kit is all green with red trim, and their away kit is all white.
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