Oral History of Murals on Palace Walls

In 2016, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Culture visited the palace of Fada Naba, the Emperor of the Gourmache Kingdom. The Palace walls were in a state of disrepair. The Minister immediately procured funds to rebuild the walls and for Lamoussa Naba, a renowned local artist (the same one who designed BARKA’s corporate logo back in 2009), to paint a series of murals that transmit much of the oral history of the Gour’mache culture. As part of the Water Fair’s Opening Ceremony activities on World Water Day, a scholar of the Gourmache tradition led special guests in a guided tour of the murals, honoring Fada Naba and the local indigenous cultural heritage.