Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Nabayius Gou Ouagadougou Reviews
weekly ceremony Nov 28, 2008
Every friday morning you can see the re-enactment of a historical event, featuring the king (or Mogho Naba) of Ouaga. In the 18th century, one of his wives was stolen by an enemy tribe. This normally would have meant war, but the king decided to be wiser than that and not declare war.
To be honest I couldn't have derived the story from the ceremony, but it was still very interesting to watch. And it's a unique thing you have to go to Ouagadougou to see, especially as photos are not allowed.
By the way, it is never said during the ceremony that the "thing" that was stolen from the king was one of his wives, and my boyfriend (who at the time was not yet my boyfriend) went to great lengths to explain me that he really did understand that wives are not a commodity to be stolen, but that these were different times etc.
It's not quite clear when the ceremony is supposed to start, or if it's at the same time every week. We got up ridiculously early only to stand around waiting for an hour or so.
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