It is surrounded by six countries in the north is Mali, to the south is Ghana which is on the coast of West Africa, north east is Niger. Burkina Faso, once known as Upper Volta, and as the longtime kingdom of the Mossi people. French forces colonized this part of West Africa in 1896. In 1958, the region achieved self-governance, becoming the Republic of Upper Volta, and by 1960 had gained complete independence from France. Burkina Faso means "the country of honorable people". Its capital is Ouagadougou.
There has been soaring growth in Sub-Saharan Africa for a decade now. The IMF believes the near-term outlook for the region remains broadly positive, an example is the Ghana’s Cocoa Marketing System which is an African business success story. Poorly performing organisations in Africa can be turned around. Economic expansion is set to far outpace rich nations.