Although not much in the way of sightseeing or architectural marvels, but as far as people-watching, eating and dancing goes, its dust-choked streets and endless selection of gardens and outdoor bars offer a brilliant bazaar of modern west African life.

Grand Mosque Ouagadougou Burkina Faso Africa by Trevor Kittelty ShutterstockIt’s not just the spectacular name that makes Burkina’s capital so enticing. There might not be much in the way of sightseeing or architectural marvels, but as faras people-watching, eating and dancing goes, its dust-choked streets and endlessselection of gardens and outdoor bars off er a brilliant bazaar of modern west African life – all in a city small enough to get across in about half an hour, and so safe it puts Western capitals to shame. Ouaga also bills itself as a global arts capital, on a par with New York, London and Paris, and the wealth of culture on offer is not to be missed. There are festivals throughout the year – dance, theatre, poetry, film, modern art, jazz, masks, hiphop, puppetry – and cutting-edge craft smanship on offer.

(Photo: Ouagadougou’s Grand Mosque © Trevor Kittelty, Shutterstock)

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