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Mogho Naba: Burkina Faso’s Mediator Monarch

Mossi people (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Mossi people (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

(BBC) – The Mogho Naba played a key role in brokering the return of civilian rule to Burkina Faso after last week’s military takeover. The BBC’s Lamine Konkobo has this profile of the traditional ruler.

Mogho Naba is the title of the reigning monarch of the Mossi ethnic group and reigns over a traditional kingdom that dates back to the 12th Century.

The title means the “king of the world” in the language of the Mossi community, who constitute about 40% of the country’s population of 17 million people.

Baongo II has been king since 1982.

Once a powerful master over his Mossi subjects, the authority of the Mogho Naba was significantly curtailed during the presidency of anti-imperialist revolutionary Thomas Sankara prior to his death in October 1987.

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