Gayéri Youth Engage in Road Repair Initiative

Gayéri: On Saturday, May 4, 2024, the young members of the EE/SIM churches in Komondjari demonstrated their commitment to the presidential initiative for community development by repairing main roads in Gayéri.
According to Burkina Information Agency, a large group of youth equipped with tools took to the streets to fill potholes, an act aimed at improving local infrastructure. The event, which fostered both community involvement and social cohesion, underscored the youth’s active participation in civic initiatives within the city.

Sidwaya Editions Honored at National Culture Week in Bobo-Dioulasso

Bobo-Dioulasso: At the Night of Partners event during the National Culture Week (SNC), Sidwaya Editions was awarded a certificate of recognition for their contributions to promoting Burkinabe culture. The ceremony, held on Friday, saw 44 partners honored for their cultural support.

According to Burkina Information Agency, General Director of Editions Sidwaya, the award is a testament to the collective effort of the organization’s staff. The Minister in charge of culture, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, commended the dedication of all partners in enhancing the cultural landscape of Burkina Faso and stressed the importance of continuous support for cultural activities and national development aligned with local values and identity.

Burkinabe Government Halts Unauthorized Construction at French Ambassador’s Residence

Ouagadougou: The Burkinabe government has ordered a stop to unauthorized construction activities at the French ambassador’s residence in Ouagadougou, which included buildings and a fuel storage facility.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the government discovered the unauthorized construction, which started in 2023 and involved the erection of 28 housing units and a fuel bunker already stocked with fuel by Total. The French embassy has not secured the requisite demolition or building permits, nor authorization for fuel supply, leading to a government directive to halt all construction and supply activities immediately.

Gambia Hosts 15th Islamic Summit Conference, Culminating OIC Engagement

Ouagadougou: The Republic of Gambia is hosting the 15th session of the Islamic Summit Conference on May 4-5, 2024, marking a significant milestone in its long-standing involvement with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

According to Burkina Information Agency, Since joining the OIC in 1974, Gambia has been an active participant in the organization’s various initiatives, most notably taking a lead role in advocating for the Rohingya Muslim minority at the International Court of Justice. The preparatory meeting on May 2, 2024, emphasized Gambia’s efforts under President Adama Barrow in preparing for the summit, which aims to enhance cooperation and dialogue among member states on critical issues facing the Islamic world.

Norbert Zongo Press Center Initiates Marie-Soleil Prize for 2024

Ouagadougou: The Norbert Zongo National Press Center has inaugurated the 2024 edition of the Marie-Soleil Prize, aiming to recognize the top journalist in Burkina Faso.

According to Burkina Information Agency, the event coincided with World Press Freedom Day on May 3, where journalist Mariam Ouédraogo, a three-time recipient and reporter at the daily Sidwaya, announced the prize’s opening. With a total prize of 1.5 million FCFA, the award targets exceptional journalistic works across all categories. Submissions are open until September 30, with the winner to be announced on October 20 during the National Press Day celebrations.