Burkina Faso abandons French as an official language


The Burkinabé government under the leadership of Captain Ibrahim Traoré has officially changed French as their official Language.

On Wednesday, December 6,2023, the government approved a significant amendment that grant local languages to be used as a medium of communication in every public gathering.

This amendment in the Burkina Faso’s Constitution implies that the colonial language will not be longer used as a means of sending and receiving information in the country.

This action taken by government is one of Burkina Faso’s progressive methods that wish to change their democratic governance, culture and socio-political structure.

The Burkinabé Council of Ministers reports on the change of the official language indicates their aspirations and willingness to depend on their own resources for survival rather than calling other Organization for aids and assistance.

They believed abandon the colonial language for indigenous one is a significant feature of a self-reliance.

This decision was announced by Edasso Rodrigue Borya, the minister of Justice in Burkina Faso.

In recent days, number of demonstration and boycott for introduction of new constitution have taken place in the country’s Capital city, Ougaduougu by many concerns citizens and youth, with concerns that their current Constitution is not favorable to socio cultural development.

The Head of State, Captain Traoré who was sworn in as the Head of State in September this year promised to do his maximum best to amend their current Constitution and if possible draw a new one that will favor every citizen in the country.

Burkina Faso is a multilingual country, with more than seventy (70) spoken languages.

Most common Languages in Burkina Faso includes; Mossi, Bissa, Dyula and Fula.

Reports indicate that one of the indigenous languages will be adopted as the official language.

French language was introduced into the country in 1919 by French traders as means of communication between them and their merchants.

French became the official language of Burkina Faso in 1960 after they gained their independence.


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