Rakire is a joking relationship practiced in Burkina Faso. (Mossi or Móorè lg)

Rakire est une relation de plaisanterie pratiquée au Burkina Faso.

What is a surprise? How to define it? From the surprise of the little creature freed by the hunter Hailibu, to the surprise of seeing the first boomerang come back, or the Gallic attempt to surprise the Romans, what place does it occupy in the relationship to existence, and to others? What forms can the fact of surprising take? What importance does the numerical system give to surprise?... (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que la surprise ? Comment la définir ? De la surprise de la petite créature libérée par le chasseur Hailibu, à celle de voir revenir le premier boomerang, ou à la tentative gauloise de surprendre les Romains, quelle place occupe-t-elle dans la relation à l’existence, et aux autres ? Quelles formes peut prendre le fait de surprendre ? Quelle importance le numérique accorde-t-il à la surprise ?... (à compléter)



A traditional Malian cotton fabric dyed with fermented mud. It became a symbol of Malian cultural identity. Also present in other parts of West Africa including Burkina Faso, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire or Senegal.


Bogolan - Un tissu de coton traditionnel malien teint avec de la boue fermentée. Il est devenu un symbole de l'identité culturelle malienne. Egalement présent dans d’autres pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest comme le Burkina Faso, la Guinée, la Côte d'Ivoire ou encore le Sénégal.

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French West Africa

French West Africa (French: Afrique-Occidentale française, AOF) - From 1895 to 1958, a federation of French colonial territories in Africa including: Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan (pres. Mali), French Guinea (pres. Guinea), Côte d’Ivoire, Upper Volta (pres. Burkina Faso), Dahomey (pres. Benin) and Niger.

Economic Community of West African States

Economic Community of West African States (or ECOWAS or CEDEAO) - A political and economic union of countries located in West Africa, created in 1975 by the Treaty of Lagos. Three official languages: French, English, and Portuguese.

Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest

Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO ou ECOWAS) - Une union politique et économique de pays situés en Afrique de l'Ouest, créée en 1975 par le traité de Lagos. Trois langues officielles : français, anglais et portugais.



Dogon people... near the Bandiagara Escarpment (Mali). "Give the rain as sweet as salt, give millet, women, children to be born." (Prayer to the creator god Amma)

Le peuple Dogon ... près de l'escarpement de Bandiagara au Mali. « Donne la pluie douce comme le sel, donne du mil, des femmes, des enfants à naître. » (Prière au dieu créateur Amma)

‘West Africa’s new currency, the Eco: Rebrand or fresh start?’

“Many Africans cheered and applauded when Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara announced on Saturday "that, in agreement with the other West African Economic and Monetary Union Heads of State, we have decided to reform the CFA franc with the following three major changes: First, the name change of the currency from the CFA franc to the Eco.(…) His speech marked the official end of the French-backed currency CFA francs for the eight countries belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo currently use the CFA franc which has been criticized by many as a French relic from colonial times. Further, France will stop holding “50 percent of the reserves in the French Treasury” and will withdraw "French governance" related to the currency. The Eco's value will be pegged to the euro, just like the CFA has been for more than two decades.” “In 2020, the region is set to get a long-discussed new currency: the Eco. Many Africans are pleased — but there is a lot of work ahead, say experts who insist a rebrand of the old Franc CFA will not do the job.” (dw.com)