Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:55AM
People shout slogans in front of the residence of the king of the Mossi, an ethnic group, as rumors have been circulating that Burkina Faso’s coup leader General Gilbert Diendere was there, September 21, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
People shout slogans in front of the residence of the king of the Mossi, an ethnic group, as rumors have been circulating that Burkina Faso’s coup leader General Gilbert Diendere was there, September 21, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

As the people of Burkina Faso prepare to exercise their right to vote, Africa Today has the update, asking if honor can triumph in the land of honorable people.

On August 4, 1984, Burkina Faso was born. Formerly given the colonial name French Upper Volta, when the French claimed the land in 1896, it later became known as the Republic of Upper Volta, when independence was declared in 1960. Between then and now, the country has experienced four military coups, with the most recent attempt failing in September, when soldiers from the elite presidential guard sought to take power.

It was people power that thwarted the abortive coup, and it was people power that ended Blaise Campoare’s dictatorship in October 2014. These are exciting times as Burkina Faso prepares to install a government by democratic means for the first time since independence. There is a re-evaluation of the past as voters venture into unchartered territory.