List of Famous People Born in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé or Burkinabè, and its capital is Ouagadougou. Due to French colonialism, the country's official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10–15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.

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1. Thomas Sankara
Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara

Thomas Sankara
Male. President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987
First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Sankara
Born on December 21, 1949
Died on October 15, 1987 (aged 37)
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2. Bertrand Traoré
Bertrand Isidore Traoré

Bertrand Traoré
Male. Burkinabé footballer
First Name: Bertrand
Last Name: Traoré
Born on September 6, 1995 (age 27)
Height: 181 cm | 5'11

3. Blaise Compaoré

Blaise Compaoré
Male. Burkinabé politician, President of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 2014
First Name: Blaise
Last Name: Compaoré
Born on February 3, 1951 (age 71)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre

4. Lassina Traoré

Lassina Traoré
Male. Burkinabé footballer
First Name: Lassina
Born on January 12, 2001 (age 21)
Height: 172 cm | 5'8

5. Alban Lafont
Alban Marc Lafont

Alban Lafont
Male. French association football player
First Name: Alban
Last Name: Lafont
Born on January 23, 1999 (age 23)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 193 cm | 6'4
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6. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Male. former President of Burkina Faso ousted in a coup d'état on 23 Jan 2022
First Name: Roch
Last Name: Kaboré
Born on April 25, 1957 (age 65)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre

7. Fulgence Ouedraogo

Fulgence Ouedraogo
Male. French rugby union player
First Name: Fulgence
Born on July 21, 1986 (age 36)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 191 cm | 6'3
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8. Alain Traoré

Alain Traoré
Male. Burkinabe footballer
First Name: Alain
Height: 176 cm | 5'9

9. Prejuce Nakoulma

Prejuce Nakoulma
Male. Burkinabe association football player
First Name: Prejuce
Born on April 21, 1987 (age 35)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 178 cm | 5'10
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10. Idrissa Ouédraogo

Idrissa Ouédraogo
Male. Burkinabe film director, screenwriter and producer
First Name: Idrissa
Born on January 21, 1954
Died on February 18, 2018 (aged 64)

11. Jonathan Pitroipa

Jonathan Pitroipa
Male. Burkinabé footballer
First Name: Jonathan
Last Name: Pitroipa
Born on April 12, 1986 (age 36)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 176 cm | 5'9
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12. Jacky Ido

Male. Burkinabe actor and musician
First Name: Jacky
Born on May 14, 1977 (age 45)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
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13. Gilbert Diendéré

Gilbert Diendéré
Male. Burkinabé military officer
First Name: Gilbert
Last Name: Diendéré
Born on November 30, 1959 (age 62)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre

14. Salif Diallo

Salif Diallo
Male. Burkinabé politician
First Name: Salif
Born on May 9, 1957
Died on August 19, 2017 (aged 60)

15. Bakary Koné

Bakary Koné
Male. Burkinabé footballer
First Name: Bakary
Last Name: Koné
Born on April 27, 1988 (age 34)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 188 cm | 6'2

16. Charles Kaboré

Charles Kaboré
Male. Burkinabé footballer
First Name: Charles
Last Name: Kaboré
Born on February 9, 1988 (age 34)
Height: 182 cm | 6'0

17. Dani Kouyaté

Dani Kouyaté
Male. Burkinabé film director
First Name: Dani
Last Name: Kouyaté
Born on June 4, 1961 (age 61)

18. Hugues Fabrice Zango

Hugues Fabrice Zango
Male. Burkinabé athlete
First Name: Hugues
Last Name: Zango
Born on June 25, 1993 (age 29)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
Height: 180 cm | 5'11
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19. Michel Kafando

Michel Kafando
Male. Burkinabé diplomat
First Name: Michel
Last Name: Kafando
Born on August 18, 1942 (age 80)
Born in Burkina Faso, Centre
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20. Jean-Baptiste Natama

Jean-Baptiste Natama
Male. Burkinabé politician, diplomat and writer (1964-2018)
First Name: Jean-Baptiste
Last Name: Natama
Born on August 30, 1964
Died on March 18, 2018 (aged 53)
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