Bobo-Dioulasso is the second largest city in Burkina Faso after the capital, Ouagadougou. Located in the country’s tropical southwest, the city serves as a major social and economic hub in the region. With a population of more than 500,000, the city is home to a number of distinct cultural groups. French colonizers named the city after two of the prominent Mande languages spoken in the region (Bobo and Jula), but many locals refer to it simply as Sia.
Bobo-Dioulasso boasts several interesting landmarks, including the 19th Century-era grand mosque and the train station, which are exemplars of Sudano-Sahelian and Neo-Sudanic architectural styles respectively. I spent a day in Bobo-Dioulasso during my recent visit to Burkina Faso, and shot some street scenes in the city’s main open-air market and in neighborhoods surrounding the grand mosque. Enjoy.
Check out more high-resolution shots from my trip in my album on Flickr.