Ouagadougou, situated on the central plateau (12.4° N 1.5° W), grew around the imperial palace of the Mogho Naaba. Being an administrative center of colonial rule, it became an important urban center in the post-colonial era. First the capital of the Mossi Empire and later of Upper Volta and Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou became a veritable communal center in 1995.
Don't expect to do much sight-seeing in Ouaga, as it is commonly called locally. There simply isn't much to see. That doesn't mean your time here will be wasted though. If you're looking for restaurants and cafes, or live music, you can have a good time here.