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INFORMATION

Pharmacie de la Concorde...

22 C5

C5 B5

Bid ab ATM

3

British Honorary Consul

4

C5

SIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

C5

Centre Culturel Français Georges

Moro-Naba Palace

... 25 B6

Mélies

6

B4

Musée de la Musique

26 C4

Commissariat Central

7

C5

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8

D5

SLEEPING □

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9

B4

Centre d'Accueil des Souers Lauriers

12

CS

29 B5

D4 B5

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14

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31 B5

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Restaurant Akwaba

32 C5

(IGB)

17

C4

Restaurant de Chine

33 B5

L'Agence Tourisme

(see 28)

Sindabal's

...(see 31)

Librairie Diacfa

18

B5

Main Post Office

19

B4

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ONTB

21

CS

... 35 B5

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Ciné Burkina 36 B5

Jimmy's Discotheque 37 C5

SHOPPING Q

Centre National d'Artisanat et d'Art... Nuance...

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Ciné Burkina 36 B5

Jimmy's Discotheque 37 C5

SHOPPING Q

Centre National d'Artisanat et d'Art... Nuance...

TRANSPORT

Afriqiyah (see 12)

Air Algérie 40 C5

Air Burkina 41 B4

Air France 42 B4

Air Ivoire (see 12)

Air Sénégal International 43 C5

Bush Taxis for Niger, Benin &

Togo 44 B4

Ghana Airways 45 C6

Point Afrique 46 B5

Sogebaf 47 B3

STMB Bus Station 48 A4

Transport Confort Voyageurs (TCV) Bus Station 49 B6

Aéroport International d'Ouagadougou

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Aéroport International d'Ouagadougou

MORO-NABA CEREMONY

Such is the influence of the Moro-Naba of Ouagadougou, the emperor of the Mossi and the most powerful traditional chief in Burkina Faso, that the government will still make a show of consulting him before making any major decision.

The Moro-Naba ceremony, la cérémonie du Nabayius Gou, takes place at 7.15am every Friday. It's a very formal ritual that lasts only about 15 minutes. Prominent Mossis arrive by taxi, car and moped (also known as mobylettes), greet each other and sit on the ground according to rank. The Moro-Naba appears, dressed in red, the symbol for war, accompanied by his saddled and elaborately decorated horse. There's a cannon shot, his most senior subjects approach to give obeisance and His Majesty retires, while his horse is unsaddled and beats the bounds of his palace at a brisk trot.

The Moro-Naba reappears, dressed all in white (a sign of peace) and his servants invite his subjects to the palace for a drink; millet beer for the animists and a Kola nut concoction for Muslims. It's much more than an excuse for an early morning tipple as, within the palace, the Moro-Naba gives audience and hands down his verdict on local disputes and petty crimes. The preceding ritual serves to reinforce the Mossi social order.

To be able to view the ceremony, approach the compound from the east. Bear in mind that it's a traditional ceremony, not something put on for tourists. Photos during the ceremony are not permitted.

Ecobank (cnr Rue Maurice Bishop & Ave de la Resistance du 17 Mal) There's another branch on Ave Kwame N'Krumah.

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