Boromo Boxing Gala Showcases Local Talent

BOROMO: The Boromo Boxing Club hosted a boxing gala on May 18, 2024, featuring participants from six clubs and fourteen boxers. The event, held at the Reading and Cultural Animation Center (CELPAC), included seven bouts across various weight categories and levels.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the participating clubs were from Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Périgouan, and Ouri in Balé province. The gala allowed young boxers, some of whom were entering the ring for the first time, to compete in three-round matches. The audience witnessed a range of results, including one knockout, two sponge throws, and four victories on points, with each boxer receiving a medal and an envelope.

The highlight of the event was a super lightweight bout between Séré Moussa from Bobo-Dioulasso and Aka Maurice from Ouri, the vice-champion of the last national championship. Aka Maurice won the match with two successive right hooks in the second round. Referee Batié Bazié noted that the level of competition was acceptable and highlighted the bright future of boxing in the province.

Adama Konaté, president of the Boromo Boxing Club, stated that the gala aimed to promote boxing in Boromo and Ouri and prepare boxers for the national championship. Despite financial challenges, the event succeeded with support from local sponsors Narcisse Tuina and Zakaria Guira. Germain Gnoumou, president of the Balé boxing district, called for further support to equip the district with professional boxing gear and make Boromo a hub for the sport.

The Boromo Boxing Club and the Ouri Athletic Club, established in 2021 and 2017 respectively, have shown promising results in national championships, with champions in the flyweight and light heavyweight categories.

Sanaba Residents Return to Normalcy After Years of Insecurity

SANABA: The residents of Sanaba, a town 42 km from Solenzo, are resuming their daily activities after over two years of disruptions caused by insecurity. The return to normal life was observed on May 28, with the population reopening shops, cleaning streets, and reviving local customs under the protection of the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP).

According to Burkina Information Agency, the population has been back for a few weeks, gradually restoring their routines with the support of FDS and VDP. By 8 a.m., shops began welcoming customers, and the town hall reopened under the supervision of Bassarmon Coulibaly, president of the special delegation. With the restoration of electricity, local businesses, including drinking establishments, are preparing to resume operations. Farmers are awaiting clearance from the FDS and VDP to start field work. Dofini Coulibaly, a resident, expressed his gratitude, saying, “Life has now resumed in Sanaba, and I think our children will be able to go to school next year.”

Sebba Youth Enjoy Recreational Day Organized by AMR

SEBBA: The Rural World Association (AMR) hosted a communal recreational day for the youth of Sebba in Yagha province on May 20, 2024. The event included a barbecue, a football match, a recital, and a sketch.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the activities were designed to promote social cohesion among young indigenous people, internally displaced persons (IDPs), the Defense and Security Forces (FDS), and volunteers for the homeland (VDP). The Sahel Community Recovery and Stabilization Project (PCRSS) assisted in organizing the event. The day featured a tea debate around the barbecue, discussing topics such as improving relations between FDS, IDPs, and local youth, and enhancing living and working conditions in Sebba.

In the afternoon, a football match between a PDI team and a local team ended in a friendly 0-0 draw. Students from School A performed a recital and a skit on social cohesion, which was well-received by the audience. Amadou Bokoum, the first vice-president of the special delegation of the commune, expressed satisfaction with the event and thanked the AMR, FDS, and VDP for their participation.

The AMR, established in 1994 and officially recognized in 1996, operates as an apolitical civil society organization in ten regions of Burkina Faso, including the Sahel. The PCRSS, funded by the World Bank, aims to support the recovery of communities in the Liptako-Gourma region through integrated socio-economic services, infrastructure, livelihoods, and territorial development.

Burkina: Sigma Corporation Africa Recognizes National Figures for Patriotic Commitment

OUAGADOUGOU: The 360° communications agency, Sigma Corporation Africa, honored several individuals for their merit and patriotic commitment on May 25, 2024. Among those recognized were journalist Baba Hama, theater professor Prosper Kompaoré, and director Aminata Diallo Glez of “3 men, 1 village.”

According to Burkina Information Agency, these distinctions were part of the Pan-African Observatory for Unity, Integration, and Sovereignty (OPUIS AWARDS 2024), supported by Sigma Corporation Africa. The aim was to show the country’s gratitude to those who have significantly contributed to its development. The jury, led by Me Issouf Savadogo, awarded various prizes, including the Joseph Ki-Zerbo prize for education to Professor Prosper Kompaoré and the Jacqueline Ki-Zerbo prize for women’s progress and promotion to the Association of Women Lawyers from Burkina Faso. Filmmaker Aminata Diallo Glez received the Guimbi Ouattara prize for artistic and cultural excellence.

The Norbert Zongo prize for integrity, peace, social justice, and press freedom was awarded to Chrysogone Zougmoré and Baba Hama. The Yacouba Sawadogo prize for environmental protection was given to farmer Salifou Ouédraogo, with a posthumous award to Idrissa Ouédraogo. Special prizes were also awarded to the Volunteers for the Defense of the Homeland (VDP) and the Norbert Zongo National Press Center. These awards recognize both historical and future contributions to Burkina Faso’s development.

ECOWAS President Calls for Unity Amid Security Challenges

OUAGADOUGOU: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) celebrated its 49th anniversary on Tuesday. President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, urged member states to unite in combating terrorism.

According to Burkina Information Agency, unity is essential for maintaining peace and enhancing security efforts across member states. He emphasized that regional stability and socio-economic development depend on collective action. This anniversary comes at a challenging time, with Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger forming the Alliance of Sahel States in September 2023, citing ECOWAS’s inadequate response to security issues. Dr. Touray stressed the importance of preserving unity, quoting General Yakubu Gowon, a founding father of ECOWAS, to highlight the historical significance of regional cooperation.