Ouagadougou was the original capital of one of the most powerful Mossi Kingdoms – known as Wagadogo and founded in the 15th century – and the seat of the Morho Naba (“Great Lord”). Today, it is the administrative capital and the seat of government of Burkina Faso, as well as a political, administrative, and cultural center home to over 80% of the population of the central region. Bronze-working has a considerable impact on the local economy, in that it has become the chief source of income for many families. The city is a hub of West African music, art, and sports, hosting two major biennial cultural events: the Ouagadougou International Craft Fair (SIAO) and the Ouagadougou Pan-African Cinema and Television Festival (FESPACO).
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