President of ALT Commends Cultural Diversity at National Culture Week in Bobo-Dioulasso

BOBO-DIOULASSO – The President of the Legislative Assembly of the Transition (ALT), Dr. Ousmane Bougma, expressed appreciation for the cultural displays of Burkinabè and African communities during his visit to the National Culture Week (SNC) in Bobo-Dioulasso on Wednesday.

According to Burkina Information Agency, President Bougma was particularly impressed by the cultural identity showcased at the event. He highlighted the significance of cultural heritage in Burkina Faso, noting, “What I remember about these sites is the cultural expression. Whether at the level of the army museum, whether at the level of the village of the communities, it is the cultural identity that is expressed. The cultural DNA of Burkina Faso.” He emphasized that this cultural DNA serves as a reminder of the struggles faced by ancestors to build the nation.

During his visit, President Bougma toured exhibitions representing 31 Burkinabè communities and 14 African communities, praising the social cohesion they demonstrated. He remarked on the diversity and richness of cultures present, reflecting on the notion that “culture is the soul of a people,” as stated by the Head of State in his speech.

Additionally, President Bougma visited the army museum where he observed the evolution of military instruments from traditional weapons to modern drones. He recognized the historical contributions of Burkina Faso’s armed forces in various global and regional conflicts and appreciated the artistic efforts that encapsulate these military endeavors.

The visit also provided an opportunity for President Bougma to express gratitude to the Minister in charge of Culture, Arts, and Tourism, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, for organizing such a gathering that fosters unity and cultural appreciation. Accompanying President Bougma were Minister Ouédraogo and his Nigerien counterpart, Abdourahamane Amadou, representing Niger as the guest of honor at the SNC.

Ouagadougou Police Apprehend Suspected Moped Thief

OUAGADOUGOU—The Nongremasson gendarmerie in Ouagadougou has detained a man accused of stealing multiple mopeds. The arrest occurred after an investigation by the local gendarmerie communication service of Burkina Faso.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the suspect, a foreign national, is believed to have stolen at least seven YAMAHA mopeds, including six of the SIRIUS model and one FINN model. The thefts primarily targeted young people and women who had recently purchased these vehicles.

BBDA Opens New Headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso Amid National Culture Week

BOBO-DIOULASSO – The Burkinabè Copyright Office (BBDA) celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso, coinciding with the 21st edition of the National Culture Week. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, led by Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, the Minister in charge of Culture and Arts, alongside Amadou Abdourahamane, his counterpart from Niger.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the new facility includes four offices, a multipurpose room, and additional hangars. Plans are already in place to further enhance the premises with the addition of a meeting room, two fee payment counters, and an archive room to accommodate the growing needs of the office.

During the inauguration, Minister Ouédraogo expressed the government’s commitment to supporting artists, emphasizing the importance of their role in fostering peace and security. He assured continued government support for creators, highlighting their vital contributions to the nation.

Hamed Patindeba Lega, the General Director of the BBDA, addressed the artists and staff, urging them to utilize and maintain the new space responsibly. He reassured them of the Western regional management team’s readiness to assist in their projects and address any concerns.

The BBDA, established in 1985, is tasked with protecting and managing the rights of creators of literary and artistic works. The Bobo-Dioulasso office serves the Hauts Bassins region and neighboring areas, ensuring rights management across multiple regions.

Burkina Faso Union Reaffirms Commitment to Workers on Labor Day

OUAGADOUGOU—The Union Action Unit (UAS) reiterated its dedication to defending the rights and welfare of workers during the International Labor Day commemorations held on Wednesday. The event took place amid the ongoing security challenges facing Burkina Faso.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the UAS is committed to its role in safeguarding both the material and moral interests of workers and engaging in citizen oversight. During a speech at the Ouagadougou Labor Exchange, a hub for union activities, Dramé emphasized the union’s solidarity with global workers and communities fighting for freedom, justice, and improved living and working conditions. Additionally, Dramé, who is also the president of the Autonomous Union of Information and Culture Workers (SYNATIC), urged union leaders and members to strengthen their efforts in advocacy and mobilization to align worker interests with those of the broader population.

The unions also expressed concerns over some of the measures implemented in the ongoing fight against terrorism, advocating for enhanced security for both people and property.

The commemoration, marking the 135th International Labor Day, serves as an annual tribute to the struggles and achievements of workers worldwide.

BBDA Contributes Over 3 Million FCFA to Support Burkina Faso’s Security Forces

OUAHIGOYA – The Burkinabé Copyright Office (BBDA) has donated 3,478,575 FCFA to support Burkina Faso’s security forces in their efforts to reclaim national territories. The announcement came during the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Western Regional Directorate on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

According to Burkina Information Agency, Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Rimtalba Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, the contribution was handed over by the Director General of the BBDA, Hamed known as Patindeba Patric Lega. This financial support is part of a broader initiative by the BBDA to aid the country’s military and defense efforts. The donation was initially announced at the Return of Copyright (RDA) event, held in Ouahigouya from December 15 to 17, 2023, and includes funds from various sources within the organization.

In addition to supporting national security, the BBDA also recognized ten users of protected works for their adherence to copyright laws. These users were awarded the Copyright Compliance Label in a ceremony, encouraging their continued compliance and advocacy for copyright and neighboring rights in Burkina Faso.