Gourma: The mother of the baby removed from a found latrine

The mother of the baby removed from the bottom of a latrine in Fada N'Gourma, has been found, AIB learned yesterday Sunday.

As a reminder, a female baby, barely a week old, was discovered in the pit of a latrine at a primary school in sector No. 1 of Fada N'Gourma, on Monday April 24, 2023. .

This baby was saved following the alert given to the Defense and Security Forces (FDS).

A few days later, following diligent investigations, the mother of this baby was found.

According to AIB sources, it is a student in an exam class in a secondary school in Fada N'Gourma.

In the latest news, the AIB has learned that the baby, who was admitted to a health center in Fada N'Gourma, is doing well and continues to receive appropriate care.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Living human treasures in the spotlight

one of the major innovations of the 20th edition of National Culture Week (SNC) is the participation of living human treasures (THV).

An iconographic exhibition highlights them at the Maison de la Culture Mgr Anselme Titianma Sanon.

They are recognized for their know-how, their knowledge and their contribution to the preservation of traditional Burkinabè culture.

They are the living human treasures of Burkina Faso. They are honored during this edition of National Culture Week (SNC).

The exhibit featured photographic portraits of several Living Human Treasures (LHTs), along with short biographies describing their work and contribution to Burkinabè culture.

These include, among others, master Titenga Frédéric Pacéde born in 1943 in Manéga in the province of Oubritenga who has distinguished himself in bendrology or the science of the language of the drum.

The iconographic exhibition manager, Kalssoro Kéïta

There is also Gorgo Léontine Ado born around 1931 in Kando in the province of Namentenga who became famous in traditional music.

As well as Konomba Traoré born around 1947 in Samogohiri in the province of Kénédougou who, for his part, distinguished himself in the manufacture of the balafon.

Seventeen in number, they were all proclaimed Living Human Treasures on December 22, 2015.

According to the person in charge of the iconographic exhibition, Kalssoro Kéïta, this exhibition aims to make known the living human treasures of Burkina Faso.

"This is in line with the missions of the department in charge of heritage to promote and safeguard the trades of living human treasures", he said.

According to him, throughout the SNC, visitors will discover the work of these exceptional people and their contribution to the preservation of traditional Burkinabè culture.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Tcheriba The town of interior designers

The town of Tcheriba located about forty kilometers from Dédougou is known for its variety of terracotta art objects. Zoom !

Tcheriba, the name of a town that rhymes with terracotta art objects. Located about forty kilometers from Dédougou (Headquarters of the Boucle du Mouhoun region) on the Dédougou-Koudougou axis, it has the particularity of being a champion in the transformation of terracotta.

On the national road 14, no passer-by can abstain from admiring the know-how of the women exposed along the city. An exhibition point that is regularly invaded by travellers.

As soon as a bus stops, there is a scramble among the saleswomen to present the products to the passengers who are often spoiled for choice as the items are so diversified.

You can find decorative objects and kitchen utensils, tureens, plates, trays, canaries, jars, stoves, carafes, chests, flowerpots.

In short, everything you need to equip or adorn a home. And we find something for all budgets. Prices vary depending on size and materials used in manufacture.

With a ticket of 1000 FCFA or even less, a passenger can return home with a souvenir of Tcheriba. Some products can sell for up to 5,000 or 10,000 FCFA.

And The activity is a real business for the municipality and involves several actors. There are the potters who make the factory with the raw material which is clay and the work of painting and coloring which is reserved for craftsmen.

Over time, objects from Tcheriba were transported by traders to other towns in Burkina for display.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon invites to make the SNC an instrument of reconciliation with the world

The Archbishop Emeritus of Bobo-Dioulasso Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon moderated this Monday, the inaugural conference of the symposium on literature which is being held on the occasion of the 20th edition of the National Culture (SNC) Bobo 2023.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Bobo-Dioulasso Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon led the inaugural conference which had as its theme “Cultural diversity, community melting pot and vector of peace and social cohesion”.

He gave three definitions of culture. The first is culture seen as cultivating one's field, the second is culture as life skills and know-how and the third is the culture of peace.

He indicated that each society has its culture and each culture has its cultural traits which are among others the language, the economic production, the political organization, the art of dialogue with the wood to make a mask, the art of working with clay to make something useful to society, the art of taking cotton to make clothes with different colors.

Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon (2nd from left) led the inaugural conference

Culture for Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon is “humanity is humanism and it is the meeting of cultural traits that make Africa multiple and one”.

He felt that “this multiplicity in unity shows that we exist for ourselves and for others and it brings something more to our identity”.

When you learn a new language, you are strengthened

"When you learn a new language, you are strengthened, you find new strengths, you have another vision of the universe that you did not have," said the Archbishop Emeritus.

For him, diversity through cultural traits is found in all areas, especially the way of eating. "Some eat with their hands, others with forks which can be made of wood or iron and still others with chopsticks," he said.

According to him, accepting cultural society means accepting the cultural traits that make each of us have a cultural identity that he carries and that allows him to present himself as a vis-à-vis.

In his opinion, the encounter with the other allows us to be ourselves and to show our capacity to bring something to the latter.

He noted that it is the acceptance of difference and belonging to the same land, the sharing of the same values that allow us to say that we exist in the same way as others. "No one is too much on this earth," he noted.

On the cultural history of Burkina, Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon recalled that the promotion of culture in Burkina Faso which has been materialized for 40 years by the National Culture Week (SNC) was carried out during colonization by Voltaic people like Lompolo Koné, Kargougou Moussa and others.

In his opinion, President Thomas Sankara has given a second wind to the promotion of culture with the creation of the National Week of Culture and the launch of the Institute of Black Peoples.

For Monsignor Sanon, the Burkinabè and African culture and the instruments for its valorization like the national week of culture will be tomorrow what the Burkinabè and Africans will decide.

“Our Africa of tomorrow will be the work of our hands. The Burkina Faso of tomorrow, we will mold it with our hands with its forests, its savannahs, its minerals. Each generation must contribute its share,” he said.

"Our generation can wonder if it has played its role and in what area", he wondered, citing the areas of culture, politics, morality, living together.

Make the SNC an instrument of reconciliation with the world

The Burkinabè prelate advocated the creation of a cultural radio and television channel for all of Africa so that all African cultural aspects are seen and heard by Africans and even beyond the continent.

“We need a chain through which all the peoples of Africa find themselves,” he stressed.

Dr. Doti Bruno Sanou moderated the conference

Monsignor Anselme Titianma Sanon ended his presentation by affirming that culture is both a monumental and precious instrument in our hands.

"Our generation did what it could," he said. He invited the current generation to make the SNC an instrument of unity for all of Africa, an instrument of reconciliation with globality and dialogue among peoples.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023: Let’s go for the craft and commercial fair

The Minister in charge of Industrial Development, Serge Gnaniodem Poda proceeded this Sunday, in Bobo-Dioulasso, to the opening of the craft and commercial fair of the 20th edition of the National Week of Culture (SNC) Bobo 2023.

The Minister of Industrial Development, Trade, Handicrafts and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Serge Gnaniodem Poda gave the starting signal in the presence of the Burkinabè Minister in charge of Culture, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo and his Guinean counterpart, Alpha Soumah .

According to Minister Serges Poda, the craft and trade fair aims to promote and consolidate economic integration through intra-community trade.

The Minister in charge of Industrial Development, Serge Gnaniodem Poda gave the starting signal for the craft fair

It also provides an appropriate framework for exhibitors and festival-goers to share their experiences and establish mutually beneficial partnerships.

It is one of the events of the Burkinabè cultural biennale which contributes to making the SNC much more visible and gives it more luster according to Minister Poda.

According to him, the craft and commercial fair is positioned as one of the flagship activities of the SNC. It offers several possibilities for both exhibitors and festival-goers.

The authorities visit the stands

As usual, the craft and trade fair brings together a diversity of exhibitors operating in various fields of rich activities including agri-food, crafts and art.

As well as pharmacopoeia, IT and technology, communication, banking and insurance, trade, maquis-restaurants, etc.

This year, she is no exception to the rule. Indeed, the fair has about 636 stands with exhibitors from Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Ghana, Senegal and Guinea, guest of honor.

Invites to visit the Stands

Serge Poda invited people to massively visit the stands during this biennale while respecting the safety instructions.

Moreover, the holding of high mass in a national situation marked by the reconquest of the territory is a sign of the resilience of the people of Burkina Faso.

For his part, the Guinean Minister of Culture Alpha Soumah, was delighted to find himself once again in Burkina Faso.

“Being chosen as the guest of honor for such an event cannot be refused. There are very close ties between Burkina Faso and Guinea through history, people and communities,” he said.

"It's always a pleasure for us to come here after SIAO and FESPACO and to participate in the SNC," added the Guinean minister.

He also praised the dynamism of the Burkinabè people who remain standing despite the security context.

The Guinean minister in charge of culture presented the well-known Nimba mask in Guinea to the minister, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

“The sister country, Guinea, our country, will always be alongside countries like Burkina Faso, to show that Africa is oneness, Africa is indivisible. (…). The Burkinabè desire to consume locally is of very strong inspiration and all of Africa wants to do like that”, he argued.

The end of the ceremony was marked by the cutting of the ribbon followed by the visit of the stands.

To thank Burkina Faso for having honored Guinea, the Guinean delegation led by its minister in charge of culture handed over the well-known Nimba mask in Guinea. to the minister, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

SNC Bobo 2023 off sets: King Abdallah Dossama and Sali Z celebrate with the public

Burkinabe musicians Le Roi Abdallah Dossama and Sali Z performed on Sunday April 30, 2023 night at Place Tiéfo Amoro in Bobo-Dioulasso, marking the opening of the off sets of the 20th edition of the national week of culture.

The off sets, one of the activities of National Culture Week (SNC) Bobo 2023 started on Sunday April 30, 2023 at several sites in Bobo-Dioulasso.

Dirty Z

At the Place Tiéfo Amoro located in front of the Bobo-Dioulasso railway station, two musical artists animated this first night in front of an audience mobilized for this purpose.

It is past 11 p.m. when Sali Z takes to the podium for a series of songs, notably Dounia, which talks about the difficulties of life.

"When we give you fish, it's good but learn to fish yourself, it's even better", she resumes in another song which invites everyone to work to be independent.

Sali Z, who got married in May 2022, ended his performance with his well-known song to the public "To each his Thursday".

The song invites young girls not yet married not to be discouraged but to remain confident because everyone has their Thursday (that is to say their wedding day).

Despite the calumnies, the criticisms, the gossip, the artist asks the young girls for patience and prayer until the big day, that of the wedding.

After Sali Z's performance, King Abdallah Dossama is announced by the presenter who invites the public to welcome the artist with the torches of their mobile phones on.

In a nocturnal environment, we then observe small points of light which sparkle to welcome the artist on stage.

Dressed in traditional Bôbô dress, King Abdallah Dossama begins his performance with a song that invites more humility in life because no one can be self-sufficient.

The artist leaves the stage to get closer to the public massed a few meters away to commune with her.

The artist's second song laments the disunity in families and in society.

King Abdullah Dossama

King Abdallah Dossama's performance ended with his well-known and popular song of hope “Zôgô Zôgô” which means “little by little in the Bôbô language”.

According to the artist, everything comes in its time, so you shouldn't be discouraged in life, whatever the difficulties of the moment.

King Abdallah Dossama started music in the 2000s. Today he has three albums and a maxi.

The first album was released in 2006, the second in 2011, the third in 2017 and the maxi in 2019. "We started promoting the maxi and making clips," he said

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Municipal Museum of Bobo-Dioulasso: Children discover the cultural richness of Burkina Faso

The municipal museum of Bobo-Dioulasso opened its doors to visitors during this National Culture Week (SNC), providing an opportunity for citizens to discover the history and culture of their city and their country.

The National Culture Week (SNC) continues in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso with an organized visit to the municipal museum of the city.

This visit brought together, on Sunday April 30, 2023, 165 children who came to discover the cultural richness of Burkina Faso.

Placed under the theme: “Cultural diversity, ferment of national unity”, this SNC aims to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the country.

The children were able to discover a varied collection of works of art and historical artefacts, ranging from traditional musical instruments to clothing and ancient tools.

Visitors were also able to discover temporary exhibitions on various subjects, ranging from the history of the region to contemporary art.

According to the vice-president of the children's commission, Rosine Diabaté, it is above all a question of raising children's awareness of the importance of preserving the cultural diversity of Burkina Faso.

"We want to give them the desire to discover their country, to be interested in their heritage and to preserve it for future generations," she explained.

According to him, his children were sponsored by UNICEF which accompanies the SNC in order to allow a thousand children to participate in the activities.

The vice-president of the children's commission, Rosine Diabaté

The children were particularly interested in the contemporary art exhibitions.

“I'm very happy to have come here, I learned a lot about our country and our culture. I would like to get on the little plane,” said a 12-year-old student.

Many citizens visited the museum during this day, thus testifying to the growing interest in the preservation of local culture and history.

As for the guide of the museum, Idriss Soré, he expressed his satisfaction to see children taking an interest in the activities of the municipal museum.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Seychelles’ President Ramkalawan to attend coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla

The President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, and First Lady Linda Ramkalawan, have been invited to the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, according to a press released from State House on Saturday.

The two ceremonies will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday, May 6.

“During his mission in the UK, the President will also participate in various events on the sidelines of the Coronation, namely the Commonwealth Leaders High-Level event and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) side event,” said the press statement.

Furthermore, President Ramkalawan will also meet with some members of the Seychellois community living and working in the United Kingdom.

Other heads of state and government who have confirmed their attendance to the coronation so far are Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of Australia, David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, Chris Hipkins, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of New Zealand, Mary Simon, Governor-General of Canada, Shehbaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of Germany, Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., President of the Philippines, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Nikos Christodoulides, President of Cyprus. U.S. President Joe Biden will not be in attendance but will be represented by First Lady Jill Biden.

Also, royal attendees will include Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, King Carl XVI Gustav and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Queen Anne-Marie and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, King Tuheitia and Makau Ariki Atawhai of New Zealand, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan and King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida of Thailand.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Seychelles to open new Centre for Excellence in Technology for secondary students

Seychelles is introducing a new Centre for Excellence in Technology to give secondary students, with more interest in technology enterprise rather than in academic studies, a better chance to excel in fisheries, agriculture, construction, food technology, transportation, and engineering, amongst others.

The new school for TVET - Technical and Vocational Education and Training - and technology studies will become operational as of January 2024.

It will be based in the current Perseverance Secondary School opened in 2018 on a man-made island adjacent to the main island of Mahe. The centre will accommodate students from all over Seychelles for secondary four and secondary five levels. As a result, other students from secondary one up to secondary three currently studying at the Perseverance Secondary School, will next year be accommodated at neighbouring secondary schools.

The director general for TVET and entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Education, Jean Alcindor, said that the school would lessen the pressure which exists on public secondary schools and will allow for better management of resources.

"Currently, we have the pathway of secondary general education and skills development and it is these students who are doing the TVET content or technology enterprise and they have a big interest in practicals," explained Alcindor in an interview on Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation TV recently.

Alcindor added that even though the centre will cater to mostly non-academic students, students with IGCSEs or who have the potential to do their IGCSEs but who have a passion for technology can join the centre.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training was introduced in secondary schools in 2011 and was intended to integrate the different aspects of education and training, vocational and general education, skills development and career orientation.

To ensure the success of this centre for excellence, the Ministry of Education will be working closely with the China-Africa TVET Alliance through the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

"We will be sending seven trainers, in May, June and July we will have a cohort who will travel to China, they will be going to Shandong, a province which specializes in TVET and technology. Upon their return, another cohort will depart in September, October, and November," explained Alcindor.

Alcindor added that: China has the specialisation in pedagogy for technology, and pedagogy in technical education, and they have the know-how on how to integrate technology and academic with technical studies.

These trainers will start the new programme and assist with the curriculum development for the start of the school programme in January 2024. Seychelles will benefit under the Africa China TVET Alliance for the next five years.

Raymond Jumaye currently teaches construction and engineering at Mont. Fleuri Secondary School has been chosen to teach at the new Centre for Excellence in Technology.

"I think it is a good move, as students will now have a better opportunity to develop themselves, develop their interests and passion further, and are better placed to get a placement at post-secondary institutions and for further studies and for a diploma certification, and later on a degree," explained Jumaye.

Nadia Bouchereau has been a careers guidance teacher for over ten years. She said, "I personally think for so long now we have not done justice to our less academic students ... those who have a passion for the outdoors or for other practical things. With this new centre we will give these students a golden opportunity as they will not be stuck in class doing maths or other academic subjects but rather what they have a passion for or are better suited for."

Bouchereau added that teachers will now have less pressure and more time to focus on the academic students. The career guidance teacher has also commended the initiative to send 14 teachers who will be teaching at the centre for training abroad, allowing them to return to a new centre with a fresh perspective and a new way of doing things.

Source: Seychelles News Agency