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Burkina Faso

Africa Ouagadougou 18,365,123 inhabitants 274,200 sq km 66.98 inhabitants/sq km Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) population evolution

Famous people from Burkina Faso

Here is a list of famous people from Burkina Faso. Curious if anybody from Burkina Faso made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Thomas Sankara

Politician

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, Pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara". Sankara seized power in a 1983 popularly supported coup at the age of 33, with the goal of eliminating corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power. He immediately launched the most ambitious program for social and economic change ever attempted on the African continent. To symbolize this new autonomy and rebirth, he even renamed the country from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso. His foreign policies were centered on anti-imperialism, with his government eschewing all foreign aid, pushing for odious debt reduction, nationalizing all land and mineral wealth, and averting the power and influence of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. His domestic policies were focused on preventing famine with agrarian self-sufficiency and land reform, prioritizing education with a nation-wide literacy campaign, and promoting public health by vaccinating 2.5 million children against meningitis, yellow fever and measles. Other components of his national agenda included planting over ten million trees to halt the growing desertification of the Sahel, doubling wheat production by redistributing land from feudal landlords to peasants, suspending rural poll taxes and domestic rents, and establishing an ambitious road and rail construction program to "tie the nation together". On the localized level Sankara also called on every village to build a medical dispensary and had over 350 communities construct schools with their own labour. Moreover, his commitment to women's rights led him to outlaw female genital mutilation, forced marriages and polygamy, while appointing females to high governmental positions and encouraging them to work outside the home and stay in school even if pregnant.

Jonathan Pitroipa

Soccer Midfielder

Beninwende Yann Jonathan Pitroipa is a Burkinabé footballer. He plays as a winger for French club Stade Rennais, whom he joined from Hamburger SV in the summer of 2011. At the international level he plays for Burkina Faso, with whom he made his debut for in 2006. Since then, he has featured at the 2010, 2012 and 2013 editions of the African Cup of Nations, scoring two goals in the 2013 tournament as Burkina Faso reached the final. He was also chosen the Player of the Tournament.

Blaise Compaoré

Politician

Blaise Compaoré is a Burkinabé politician who has been the President of Burkina Faso since 1987. He was a top associate of President Thomas Sankara during the 1980s, and in October 1987 he led a coup d'état that murdered Sankara; subsequently he introduced a policy of "rectification", overturning the Marxist policies pursued by Sankara. He won elections in 1991, 1998, 2005, and 2010.

Bertrand Traoré

Soccer Midfielder

Bertrand Isidore Traoré is a Burkinabé international footballer who plays for Chelsea as an attacking midfielder.

Alain Traoré

Soccer Midfielder

Sibiri Alain Traoré commonly known as Alain Traoré, is a Burkinabé footballer who mainly plays as a striker for FC Lorient and the Burkina Faso national team. Traoré started his career with local side Planète Champion before moving to France as a 17-year-old.

Charles Kaboré

Soccer Midfielder

Charles Kaboré is a footballer from Burkina Faso playing for Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League.

Bakary Koné

Soccer

Bakary Koné is a Burkinabé footballer who plays as a defender for French club Lyon.

Prejuce Nakoulma

Soccer

Prejuce Nakoulma is a Burkinabé footballer, who plays as a striker for Górnik Zabrze and the Burkina Faso national team.

Moumouni Dagano

Soccer Forward

Beli Moumouni Dagano is a Burkinabé footballer. He currently plays for Al-Sailiya Sport Club in Qatar.

Jacky Ido

Actor

Jacky Ido is a Burkinabe-born French film actor. His first role was as Lemalian in the 2005 German film, The White Masai. He is best known to English-language audiences for his role as Marcel, the film projectionist in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds. Ido's brother Cedric Ido who is also an actor has directed him in the short Hasaki Ya Suda. Jacky Ido works and resides in Paris, France and is working on an album of slam poetry.

Jonathan Sundy Zongo

Soccer Midfielder

Jonathan Sundy Zongo, simply Jonathan or Zongo, is a Burkinabé professional footballer who plays for UD Almería in Spain, as a forward or winger.

Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Politician

Joseph Ki-Zerbo was a Burkinabé politician and writer. He spent his youth in Toma where he grew up in a rural context inside a big family. Ki-Zerbo himself declared that his first 11 years passed in a rural context marked his personality and thoughts. He was recognized as one of Africa’s foremost thinkers. He was educated both in his home country in missionary schools at Toma, and Pabre. Also, he studied at Faladie in Mali and after at Sorbonne University, France. After getting his aggregation degree in History, he returned to Africa. Once back, he became politically active. From 1972 to 1978 he was Professor of African History at the University of Ouagadougou. But in 1983, he was forced into exile, only being able to return in 1992. Ki-Zerbo founded his own party, the Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist Party, of which he was chairman until 2005 and represented in the Burkina Faso parliament until 2006. Ki-Zerbo was also the best known opponent of the revolutionary government of the President Thomas Sankara. Ki-Zerbo was socialist and an exponent of an independent development of Africa and of Unity of the continent.

Paul Koulibaly

Soccer Defender

Keba Paul Koulibaly is a Burkinabé football defender who plays for the Burkina Faso national football team. He plays as a centre back or a left back. He currently plays for Al Shorta in Iraq.

Fulgence Ouedraogo

Athlete

Fulgence Ouedraogo is a French rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Montpellier Hérault RC in the Top 14 championship. His usual position is as a flanker. Ouedraogo started playing rugby at the age of six, meeting future teammate François Trinh-Duc at the Pic-Saint-Loup rugby school near Montpellier. They both entered the club's youth teams at "Cadet" level. The two are said to be inseparable friends. Ouedraogo and Trinh-Duc, together with fellow Montpellierains Louis Picamoles and Julien Tomas, are considered part of the young quartet of home-grown talents embodying the success of Montpellier's attempt at "shaking up the old order" of French rugby in the Septimanie terroir which had always been historical rival Béziers's stronghold. Ouedraogo is the current captain of Montpellier, and was a key player in the club's outstanding 2010-11 season. Unfortunately, he fractured his hand in the 26-25 semifinal win, causing him to miss the final, which was won by Toulouse.

Cheikh Lô

Musical Artist

Cheikh N'Digel Lô is a Senegalese musician. Lô was born in the late '50s to Senegalese parents in Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. Lô began playing drums and singing at an early age. He joined Orchestre Volta Jazz, a Bobo variety band that played Cuban and Congolese pop songs as well as traditional Burkinabé music. Lô moved to Senegal in 1978, performing in several mbalax outfits. By then, the Zairean sound was in full flower, Camerounian makossa was coming on strong, and reggae had entered the mix. Lô absorbed everything. In 1985, Lô was playing guitar with numerous Côte d'Ivoire and French musicians, which lead him to record material in Paris in 1987. After his band dissolved, Lô remained in Paris as a session musician, developing his own sound, described as a mix of mbalax, reggae and soukous influences. He spent most of his time in recording studios, and he picked up as much as he could. His casual contacts with Zaire's most successful progressive singer, Papa Wemba, were especially memorable. "I was a drummer. So when there was a group who came and didn't have a drummer, I would practice with them. Papa Wemba's drummer was also a businessman, so if he wasn't there, I would help out. He's from the school of Tabu Ley, and when I was young, I listened to Tabu Ley a lot."

Wilfried Sanou

Soccer Midfielder

Wilfried Sanou is a Burkinabé footballer who plays for Kyoto Sanga in the J. League Division 2.

Florent Rouamba

Soccer Midfielder

Florent Rouamba is a Burkinabé professional footballer, who is currently unattached.

Pan Pierre Koulibaly

Soccer Forward

Pan Pierre Koulibaly is a Burkinabé football striker, and currently plays for Belgian club Montegnée. He is a member of the Burkina Faso national football team. Koulibaly began his career with EFO in Burkina Faso, and joined Al-Ittihad after appearing to have signed a 5-year contract with Étoile du Sahel in December 2006. His twin brother Paul Koulibaly plays for Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.

Fanta Régina Nacro

Film Director

Fanta Régina Nacro is a screenwriter and film director.

Boubacar Kébé

Soccer Forward

Boubacar Djeidy Kébé is a Burkinabé-Malian footballer, he currently plays for Damash Gilan in Iran Pro League. He will join Esteghlal on 1 January 2014. He also holds French citizenship.

Mahamoudou Kéré

Soccer Midfielder

Mahamoudou Kéré is a Burkinabé football Central defender. He currently plays for Belgian side RWDM Brussels.

Maurice Yaméogo

Politician

Maurice Yaméogo was the first President of the Republic of Upper Volta, now called Burkina Faso. He proclaimed the independence of the country on August 5, 1960 and also tried to create a union between Cote d'Ivoire and Upper Volta. On January 3, 1966, he left the Presidency because of a nation-wide syndicalist strike.

Wilfried Balima

Soccer Midfielder

Wilfried Bendjamin Balima is a Burkinabé international footballer playing for Moldovan National Division club Sheriff Tiraspol as a right midfielder.

Idrissa Ouedraogo

Film Director

Idrissa Ouédraogo is a film director from Burkina Faso. He is best known for his films Yaaba and Tilaï.

Tertius Zongo

Politician

Tertius Zongo was the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso from June 2007 to April 2011.

Luc-Adolphe Tiao

Politician

Luc-Adolphe Tiao is a Burkinabé politician and journalist who has been Prime Minister of Burkina Faso since 2011.

Issouf Ouattara

Soccer Defender

Issouf Ouattara is a Burkinabé professional footballer who plays as a midfielder.

Patrick Zoundi

Soccer Midfielder

Patrick Zoundi is a Burkinabé footballer who plays for MSV Duisburg.

Moussa Ouattara

Football player

Moussa Boureïma Ouattara is a Burkinabé footballer who currently plays for SV Schermbeck in the German Oberliga Westfalen, the fifth tier of the German football league system.

Norbert Zongo

Journalist

Norbert Zongo was the publisher and editor of the Burkina Faso newspaper l'Indépendant. He was assassinated after his newspaper began investigating the murder of a driver who had worked for the brother of President Blaise Compaoré. On December 13, 1998, Zongo's burned body was found along with bodies of his brother Ernest Zongo, chauffeur Ablasse Nikiema, and Blaise Ilboudo, in a vehicle near Sapouy, some 100 kilometers south of the capital city of Ouagadougou. An Independent Commission of Inquiry later concluded that Norbert Zongo was killed for purely political reasons because of his investigative work into the death of President Blaise Compaoré's brother Francois's driver, David Ouedraogo. In January 1999, Francois Compaoré, President Blaise Compaoré's brother, was charged with murder and harbouring the body of the victim in connection with the death of David Ouedraogo, his chauffeur, who had died as a result of torture in January 1998. The charges were later dropped by a military tribunal after Francois Compaoré appealed against them. In August 2000, five members of the presidential security were charged for the murder of Ouedraogo. Marcel Kafando, Edmond Koama and Ousseini Yaro, who are also suspects in the Norbert Zongo case, were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Edmond Koama died on January 4, 2001.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Politician

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is a Burkinabe politician who was President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso from 2002 to 2012. He also served as President of the Congress for Democracy and Progress.

John Pelu

Soccer

John Pelu is a Burkinabé-born Swedish professional footballer who currently plays for Strindheim.

Issiaka Ouédraogo

Soccer

Issiaka Ouédraogo is an Burkinabé footballer who plays for Admira Wacker in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Saïdou Panandétiguiri

Soccer Defender

Saïdou Madi Panandétiguiri is a Burkinabé footballer who currently plays for Antwerp.

Ibrahim Gnanou

Soccer Defender

Ibrahim Gnanou is a Burkinabé football defender. Although primarily a centre back, he is also able to play full back on either side. Gnanou currently plays for his local side Santos in Ouagadougou.

Daouda Diakité

Soccer Goalkeeper

Daouda Diakité is a Burkinabé football goalkeeper. He is currently without a team, having most recently played for Lierse S.K. in Belgium. Diakité capped with the Burkina Faso national football team, and played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Adama Guira

Soccer Midfielder

Adama Guira is a Burkinabé international footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Danish Superliga side SønderjyskE

Bil Aka Kora

Musical Artist

Bilgho Akaramata Kora, also known as Bil Aka Kora is a musician. He was one of the 17 children of Mahama and Teoura Bilgho. He is married to Astride, and is the father of Korane Prisca. Bil Aka Kora's sound draws upon traditional music from the language, instruments, rhythm and themes of the south of Burkina Faso.

Paramanga Ernest Yonli

Politician

Paramanga Ernest Yonli, also known as Ernest Paramanga Yonli, is a Burkinabé politician and diplomat who was the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso from November 7, 2000 to June 11, 2007. Yonli was the Ambassador of Burkina Faso to the United States from January 2008 to August 2011. He is a member of the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress party.

Moïse Bambara

Soccer Midfielder

Moïse Bambara is a Burkinabé footballer.

Saye Zerbo

Politician

Colonel Saye Zerbo was a President of Upper Volta from 25 November 1980 to 7 November 1982. He led a coup in 1980, but was resisted by trade unions and was overthrown by Maj. Dr.Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo and the Council of Popular Salvation. Zerbo came from Tougan in Sourou Province in the western part of the country. He went to school in Mali and Saint-Louis, Senegal. Then he joined the French military in 1950 and attended the military academy Saint-Cyr. As a paratrooper, Zerbo took part in both the First Indochina War and the Algerian War of Independence. After Upper Volta's independence from France in 1960, he transferred to that country's army in 1961. In the military government of Sangoulé Lamizana, who ruled Upper Volta from 1966, Saye Zerbo was foreign minister from 1974 to 1976. He also held the positions of commander of the regiment in the capital Ouagadougou and director of the military intelligence agency. On 25 November 1980, Zerbo staged a coup against President Lamizana, who had been re-elected democratically in 1978, and took on the positions of head of state and government. The constitution, which had been introduced in 1977, was suspended and the Military Committee of Recovery for National Progress established. The trade unions in the country opposed his seizure of power, although they had supported Zerbo for a long time, and on 7 November 1982, Saye Zerbo was deposed in another coup d'état. He was succeeded by Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo as the head of the Council of Popular Salvation.

Germain Sanou

Footballer

Germain Sanou is a Burkinabé international footballer who plays for French team Saint-Étienne B, as a goalkeeper.

Abdoulaye Soulama

Soccer Goalkeeper

Abdoulaye Soulama is a Burkinabé football player who currently plays for Asante Kotoko.

Lamine Traoré

Soccer Defender

Lamine Traoré is a Burkina Faso football player. He arrived Gençlerbirligi at the end of the 2005-06 season from Anderlecht. He was part of the Burkinabé 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished bottom of their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals.

Gaston Kaboré

Film Director

Gaston Kaboré is a Burkinabé film director and an important figure in Burkina Faso's film industry. He has won awards for his films Wend Kuuni and Buud Yam.

Djibril Bassolé

Politician

Djibril Yipènè Bassolé is a Burkinabé political figure and diplomat. He served in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of Security from November 2000 to June 2007 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation from June 2007 to September 2008. Bassolé was the Joint African Union-United Nations Chief Mediator for Darfur from August 2008 to 2011; he has served in the government as Minister of Foreign Affairs for a second time since 2011.

Ahmed Touré

Soccer Forward

Ahmed Touré is a Burkinabé professional footballer, who currently plays for Egyptian Premier League outfit El Gouna as a striker. He also holds Ivorian nationality.

Yahia Kébé

Soccer Forward

Yahia Kébé is a Burkinabé football striker. He currently plays for Al-Kharitiyath.

Paul Zoungrana

Man

Paul Zoungrana, MAfr was a Burkinabé Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Ouagadougou from 1960 to 1995, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1965.

Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo

Politician

Major Dr. Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo was President of Upper Volta from 8 November 1982 to 4 August 1983, when he was overthrown in a coup d'état which brought Thomas Sankara into power. He is a medical doctor and currently operates a medical facility on the outskirts of Ouagadougou.

Dani Kouyaté

Film Director

Dani Kouyaté is a film director and griot from Burkina Faso, which BBC describes as "Africa's most important film-making country".

Mamadou Zongo

Soccer Forward

Mamadou Zongo is a Burkinabé football player.

Salif Nogo

Soccer Defender

Salif Nogo is a footballer. He is a free agent. His starting position is defender.

Amadou Coulibaly

Soccer Defender

Amadou Tinder Coulibaly is a Burkinabé football player who currently plays as a right back.

Ousmane Traoré

Soccer Defender

Ousmane Traoré is a Burkinabé footballer.

Ousseni Zongo

Football player

Ousseni Zongo is a footballer from Burkina Faso who plays as a winger. He played two appearances for the Burkina Faso national team during 2004 and 2005.

Rahim Ouédraogo

Football player

Rahim Ouédraogo is a Burkinabé footballer. Ouédraogo, whose preferred position on the field is defender, joined FC Twente at the age of 16. He played for Twente until 2007. In between, in 2000/2001 he played one season at FC Zwolle, on loan. Ouédraogo was a member of the Burkinabé 2004 African Cup of Nations team, who finished bottom of their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. He joined Manisaspor on 5 August 2009, signing a two-year contract with the Turkish club. On 23 December 2009, his contract was mutually terminated. In January 2010 he returned to FC Emmen, where he signed until the end of the season.

Mourtala Diakité

Soccer Midfielder

Mourtala Diakité is a Malian professional footballer who plays for C.F. Os Belenenses in Portugal, as a defensive midfielder.

Hervé Oussalé

Football player

Hervé Oussalé is a Burkinabé football player who is currently unattached.

Abdoul-Aziz Nikiema

Soccer Midfielder

Abdoul-Aziz Nikiema is a Burkinabé football midfielder who last played for C.D. Trofense in the Liga de Honra.

Salif Diallo

Politician

Salif Diallo is a Burkinabé politician who served as a minister in the government of Burkina Faso during the 1990s and 2000; he has been the Burkinabé Ambassador to Austria since January 2009. He is also the Vice-President of the Congress for Democracy and Progress. Diallo, who was born in Ouahigouya, Yatenga Province, was expelled from the University of Ouagadougou for having organized strikes and protests. He then belonged to the Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party and went on to Dakar, Senegal, to continue his Master of Law studies there. At the University of Dakar, he and other students formed a Committee for the Defence of the Revolution. In 1985 he returned to Burkina Faso and joined the dissident and pro-Sankara splinter-faction of the PCRV, the Burkinabé Communist Group. Diallo became Assistant to the Cabinet of the Minister of State for Justice in 1986. Diallo was active in the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution. From 1987 to 1989 he was the Director of the Cabinet of the President, and from 1989 to 1991 he was Secretary of State to the Presidency. In 1991 he briefly served as Minister of Employment, Labour and Social Security. From 1992 to 1995 Diallo was Minister in charge of the Missions of the Presidency. Subsequently he was Minister of Environment and Water from 1995 to 1999, then Adviser to the Presidency from 1999 to 2000. On 12 November 2000, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, and on 10 June 2002 his portfolio was expanded when he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Fishing Resources. He was elected as Vice-President of the CDP at the party's Second Ordinary Congress on 1–3 August 2003.

Tanguy Barro

Football player

Tanguy Sie Herman Barro is a Burkinabé international football player. He has previously played for the French club Besançon RC on loan and the Belgian teams Racing Waregem and K.A.S. Eupen. He was a member of the Burkinabé 2004 African Nations Cup team, who finished bottom of their group in the first round of competition, thus failing to secure qualification for the quarter-finals. Barro has played 23 matches for Burkina Faso in total.

Alassane Ouédraogo

Soccer Midfielder

Alassane Ouédraogo is a Burkinabé football midfielder who plays for SpVgg EGC Wirges.

Narcisse Yaméogo

Soccer Midfielder

Narcisse Yaméogo is a Burkinabé footballer who currently plays in Portugal for AD Camacha.

Adama Sawadogo

Footballer

Adama Sawadogo is a Burkinabé international footballer who plays in Gabon for Missile FC, as a goalkeeper.

Gabin Dabiré

Musical Artist

Gabin Dabiré is a singer, guitar player, and composer from Burkina Faso who is resident in Italy. Born in Bobo Dioulasso in the African state of Burkina Faso, Gabin Dabiré’s first experiences in music were taking lessons from and playing with the great masters of the traditional music of Burkina Faso. In 1975 he traveled to Denmark and it was while studying there that he was first exposed to alternative European and contemporary music. In 1976 he toured in Italy and afterwards embarked on a study trip of chordophones and Indian percussion.

Koh Traoré

Soccer Forward

Koh Traoré is a Burkinabé-born Mali football striker who plays for Sabah FA in the Malaysia Premier League. Koh Traore is represented by @catalyst4soccer

Ousmane Sanou

Football player

Ousmane Sanou is a retired Burkinabé football player. He made his debut in professional football for Willem II Tilburg, on August 28, 1996 replacing Geoffrey Prommayon in the second half against RKC Waalwijk.

Youssouf Ouédraogo

Politician

Youssouf Ouédraogo is a politician in Burkina Faso. In 1992 he became the first Prime Minister of Burkina Faso since 1983, serving from June 16, 1992 to March 22, 1994. From January 1999 to June 2007 he was the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the ruling Congress for Democracy and Progress.

Dieudonné Minoungou

Soccer Forward

Dieudonné "Dieudo" Minoungou is a Burkinabé football player who, as of 2008, was playing for F.C. Ryūkyū.

Mohamed Kaboré

Footballer

Mohamed Kaboré is a Burkinabé football goalkeeper. He currently plays for Etoile Filante Ouagadougou.

S. Pierre Yameogo

Film Director

S. Pierre Yameogo is a Burkinabé film director and screenwriter. He has directed six films since 1987. His film Delwende was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Prize of Hope award.

Alain Bédouma Yoda

Politician

Alain Bédouma Yoda is a Burkinabé politician. He served in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of Transport and Tourism from 1997 to 2000, Minister of Trade from 2000 to 2002, Minister of Health from 2002 to 2008, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation from 2008 to 2011. He has been President of the Parliamentary Group of the Congress for Democracy and Progress since 2013.

Henoc Conombo

Soccer Forward

Henoc Conombo is a Burkinabé footballer, who is currently playing for SO Chambéry Foot.

Moussa Doumbia

Soccer Defender

Moussa Doumbia is a footballer from Burkina Faso who plays as a defender. Doumbia plays for French side Le Mans II and has also played for FC Istres's reserve team, Istres B.

Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo

Politician

Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo is a Burkinabé politician who has been President of the Alliance for Democracy and Federation–African Democratic Rally, a political party in Burkina Faso, since 2003. He served in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of Social Action and National Solidarity from 2000 to 2002 and as Minister of Transport from 2006 to 2013. He has been the Fourth Vice-President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso since 2013.

Joseph Conombo

Politician

Joseph Issoufou Conombo served as Prime Minister of Upper Volta from 7 July 1978 to 25 November 1980. Born in the department of Kombissiri, he attended medical school in Dakar, Senegal, then served in the French forces during World War II. In 1951, Conombo was elected to the French National Assembly, a position he held until Upper Volta gained independence in 1959, even serving as undersecretary of state in the government of Pierre Mendès France. He served as mayor of Ouagadougou from 1961 to 1965. As a doctor, he was director general for public health, and minister of foreign affairs. He served as prime minister until the military coup led by Saye Zerbo that overthrew the government of President Sangoulé Lamizana.

Abdul Diallo

Soccer Forward

Abdul Moktar Dialo is a footballer.

Simon Compaoré

Politician

Simon Compaoré is a Burkinabé politician, currently serving as Mayor of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. He is also a prominent member of the Congress for Democracy and Progress and in 1997 was Secretary General of the party. Compaoré was born in Ouagadougou. He was elected as Mayor of Ouagadougou in 2000 and was additionally elected to the National Assembly in the May 2002 parliamentary election. He was re-elected as Mayor in 2005, and he was re-elected to the National Assembly in the May 2007 parliamentary election.

Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara

Politician

Bénéwendé Stanislas Sankara is a Burkinabé politician and the President of the Union for Rebirth/Sankarist Movement party. Sankara was born in Toéssin. He founded the UNIR/MS in November 2000 and was one of three UNIR/MS candidates elected to the National Assembly in the 2002 parliamentary election. In the National Assembly, he was elected to the Pan-African Parliament. In June 2005 he resigned from both the National Assembly and the Pan-African Parliament to focus on his candidacy in the presidential election later in the year. Running as the UNIR/MS candidate in the election, held on 13 November 2005, Sankara placed second out of 13 candidates, receiving 4.88% of the vote; President Blaise Compaoré won the election with an overwhelming majority. In the May 2007 parliamentary election, Sankara was elected to the National Assembly. He was one of four UNIR/MS candidates to be elected, and the only one elected on the party's national list. Reacting to moves to change the constitution to remove presidential term limits, Sankara said in late July 2009 that it was unacceptable to change the constitution so that President Compaoré could "spend his whole life in power".

Boubacar Diallo

Journalist

Boubacar Diallo is a Burkinabé film maker. The son of a veterinarian, he worked as a journalist, launching the satirical weekly magazine Journal du Jeudi and publishing two novels and a collection of short stories. In 2005, he embarked on a new career as a film maker, shooting three films, Traque à Ouaga, the romantic comedy Sofia, and the Danish coproduction Dossier brûlant, a drama. With the financial assistance of the Francophonie and the French Foreign Ministry, he produced the TV series Série noire à Koulbi, a crime drama in 30 15-minute episodes, in 2006.

Ismaël Koudou

Football player

Ismaël Koudou is a retired Burkinabé football striker.

Seydou Bouda

Politician

Seydou Bouda is a Burkinabé politician who has been Burkina Faso's Ambassador to the United States since 2011. Previously he served in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of the Economy from 2002 to 2007, as Minister of the Civil Service from 2007 to 2008, and as Minister of Health from 2008 to 2011.

Rabaki Jeremie Ouedraogo

Cyclist

Rabaki Jérémie Ouédraogo is a professional road racing cyclist from Burkina Faso. He is the 2005-2006 UCI Africa Tour season champion and the overall winner at the 2005 Tour du Faso. He was one of three riders to represent his nation at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships Road Race.

Yobie Bassoule

Soccer Defender

Yobie Bassoule is a Burkinabé professional football player, who currently plays for A.C. Isola Liri.

Boureima Maïga

Soccer Midfielder

Boureima Maïga is a Burkinabé football player, who currently plays for Lance FC de Réo.

Isaka Sawadogo

Actor

Isaka Sawadogo is an actor, dancer and musician.

Valéry Sanou

Football player

Valéry Sanou is a Burkinabé footballer who plays for State Envoys FC.

Hamado Ouedraogo

Soccer Midfielder

Hamado Kassi Ouédraogo is a footballer from Burkina Faso, who last played for US Orléans in the French Championnat National.

Boureima Galman

Soccer Midfielder

Boureima Galman is an Ivorian footballer. He currently plays for Racing Club de Bobo.

Ibrahim Kano

Soccer Defender

Ibrahim Kano is a Burkinabé professional footballer. He y plays for Étoile Filante Ouagadougou.

Narcisse Bambara

Soccer Defender

Narcisse Bambara is a Burkinabé footballer who plays for Liga I side Concordia Chiajna.

Michel Kafando

Politician

Michel Kafando is a Burkinabé diplomat. He has been the Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations since 1998; previously he served in the Burkinabé government as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1982 to 1983.

Hermann Yaméogo

Politician

Hermann Yaméogo is a Burkinabé politician and leader of the National Union for Democracy and Development. Although he decided to boycott the 13 November 2005 presidential elections a month prior to the poll, his name remained on the ballot. He placed 11th out of 13 candidates, receiving 0.76% of the vote. He is the son of Maurice Yaméogo, who was the country's first president.

Aristide Sawadogo

Basketball Center

Aristide Sawadogo is a Burkinabé professional basketball player with the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League. After graduating from Division II Clayton State University, Sawadogo, a center, went unselected in the NBA Draft. Sawadogo played with the Texas Tycoons of the ABA in 2006-2007. He was then drafted by the Flash of the D-League in 2007. He was recommended to Clayton State by former Florida Southern College player and fellow Burkinabé Innocent Kere.

Hamadou Derra

Soccer Midfielder

Hamadou Derra is a Burkinabé professional footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Rail Club du Kadiogo.