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Flag of Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou is located in Burkina Faso
Location within Burkina Faso
Coordinates: 12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12°21′26″N 1°32′7″W / 12.35722; -1.53528

Ouagadougou (/, Mossi: [ˈwɔɣədəɣʊ], French: [waɡaduɡu]), also Wagadugu, is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural, and economic centre of the nation. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of 2,200,000 in 2015. The city's name is often shortened to Ouaga. The inhabitants are called ouagalais. The spelling of the name Ouagadougou is derived from the French orthography common in former French African colonies.

Ouagadougou's primary industries are food processing and textiles. It is served by an international airport and it is linked by rail to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. There is no rail service to Kaya. There are several highways linking the city to Niamey, Niger, south to Ghana, and southwest to Ivory Coast. Ouagadougou has one of West Africa's largest markets, which burned down in 2003 and has since reopened with better facilities and improved fire-prevention measures. Other attractions include the National Museum of Burkina Faso, the Moro-Naba Palace (site of the Moro-Naba Ceremony), the National Museum of Music, and several craft markets.


Europe, Africa and the Near East in 1200, showing the Kingdom of Wagadugu (in West Africa, just to the right of the area labeled '25') and its neighbors.

The name Ouagadougou dates back to the 15th century when the Ninsi tribes inhabited the area. They were in constant conflict until 1441 when Wubri, a Yonyonse hero and an important figure in Burkina Faso's history, led his tribe to victory. He then renamed the area from "Kumbee-Tenga", as the Ninsi had called it, to "Wage sabre soba koumbem tenga", meaning "head war chief's village". Ouagadougou is a Francophone spelling of the name.

The city became the capital of the Mossi Empire in 1441 and became the permanent residence of the Mossi emperors (Moro-Naba) in 1681.[2] The Moro-Naba Ceremony is still performed every Friday by the Moro-Naba and his court. In 1919 the French made Ouagadougou the capital of the Upper Volta territory (basically the same area as contemporary Burkina Faso). In 1954 the railroad line from Ivory Coast reached the city. Ouagadougou's population doubled from 1954 to 1960 and has been doubling about every ten years since.[2]

2016 AQIM and Al-Mourabitoun attacks

On 15 January 2016, gunmen armed with heavy weapons attacked the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel in the heart of Ouagadougou. 28 people were killed,[3][4] and at least 56 wounded; after a government counterattack, a total of 176 hostages were released[5] the morning after the initial attack. Three of the perpetrators were also killed.

Other Languages
адыгабзэ: Уагадугу
Afrikaans: Ouagadougou
አማርኛ: ዋጋዱጉ
العربية: واغادوغو
aragonés: Ouagadougou
arpetan: Ouagadougou
asturianu: Uagadugú
azərbaycanca: Uaqaduqu
تۆرکجه: اوآقادوقو
bamanankan: Wagadugu
Bân-lâm-gú: Ouagadougou
беларуская: Уагадугу
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Уагадугу
български: Уагадугу
bosanski: Ouagadougou
brezhoneg: Ouagadougou
català: Ouagadougou
Чӑвашла: Уагадугу
čeština: Ouagadougou
chiShona: Ouagadougou
Cymraeg: Ouagadougou
Deutsch: Ouagadougou
español: Uagadugú
Esperanto: Uagaduguo
euskara: Uagadugu
فارسی: واگادوگو
Fiji Hindi: Ouagadougou
français: Ouagadougou
Fulfulde: Ouagadougou
Gaeilge: Ouagadougou
Gàidhlig: Ouagadougou
galego: Uagadugú
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Ouagadougou
한국어: 와가두구
հայերեն: Ուագադուգու
हिन्दी: ऊगादोगो
hornjoserbsce: Ouagadougou
hrvatski: Ouagadougou
Ilokano: Ouagadougou
Bahasa Indonesia: Ouagadougou
Interlingue: Ouagadougou
íslenska: Ouagadougou
italiano: Ouagadougou
עברית: ואגאדוגו
Basa Jawa: Ouagadougou
Kabɩyɛ: Wagaadugu
ქართული: უაგადუგუ
kernowek: Ouagadougou
Kinyarwanda: Wagadugu
Kiswahili: Wagadugu
Kongo: Uagadugu
Kreyòl ayisyen: Ouagadougou
Кыргызча: Уагадугу
кырык мары: Уагадугу
Latina: Uagadugu
latviešu: Vagadugu
Lëtzebuergesch: Ouagadougou
lietuvių: Uagadugu
Ligure: Ouagadougou
lumbaart: Ouagadougou
magyar: Ouagadougou
македонски: Уагадугу
Malagasy: Ouagadougou
മലയാളം: ഉഗാദുഗൌ
मराठी: वागाडुगू
მარგალური: უაგადუგუ
Bahasa Melayu: Ouagadougou
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ouagadougou
Nāhuatl: Huagadugu
Dorerin Naoero: Ouagadougou
Nederlands: Ouagadougou
нохчийн: Уагадугу
Nordfriisk: Ouagadougou
norsk nynorsk: Ouagadougou
occitan: Ouagadougou
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Uagadugu
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਵਾਗਾਦੁਗੂ
پنجابی: اوگاڈوگو
Papiamentu: Ouagadougou
Piemontèis: Ouagadougou
polski: Wagadugu
português: Ouagadougou
română: Ouagadougou
русский: Уагадугу
shqip: Uagadugu
sicilianu: Ouagadougou
Simple English: Ouagadougou
slovenčina: Ouagadougou
slovenščina: Ouagadougou
ślůnski: Ouagadougou
Soomaaliga: Ouagadougou
српски / srpski: Уагадугу
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Ouagadougou
svenska: Ouagadougou
Tagalog: Ouagadougou
தமிழ்: வாகடூகு
Taqbaylit: Wagadugu
тоҷикӣ: Уагадугу
Türkçe: Ouagadougou
удмурт: Уагадугу
українська: Уагадугу
vèneto: Ouagadougou
vepsän kel’: Uagadugu
Tiếng Việt: Ouagadougou
Volapük: Ouagadougou
Winaray: Ouagadougou
吴语: 瓦加杜古
ייִדיש: וואגאדוגו
Yorùbá: Ouagadougou
粵語: Ouagadougou
中文: 瓦加杜古