The King has passed away

A deserted feeling surrounds the royal palace in Kokologho. A little bit disappointed we stand in front of the closed gate. No children are to be seen running around, just a few adults walking around.
A neighboring woman with a sad expression explains it with one single sentence: The King has passed away.

And when a King passes away in Burkina Faso it takes a while before a new one will be inaugurated. Especially in this case, I am explained, while we walk around the block covering the royal courtyard and the women’s quarters.

It all started when the mayor of Ouagadougou fled the city during the 2011 military rebellion, seeking shelter in his mother’s village, Kokologho. The King agreed upon hiding the mayor. However, the mayor being a child born out of wedlock, this is not such a common thing as it may seem. A bastard is still cast out in the eyes of many living a traditional live.

The villagers of Kokologho were not at all amused with the King’s decision. Having lost the respect and confidence of his people, he was no more worthy being a King.
So he did, what he ‘had’ to do and took his own life…

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About MoInMali

Monique is the founder of Papillon Reizen, a Mali based travel agency specialized in inspiring journeys in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. Fair-trade and with a heart for people, environment and culture. Small-scale group journeys as well as family trips and journeys tailored to your wishes. We love to share West Africa's beauty with you and take you on a journey to experience rather than to see. Monique lives in Mali with her Malian partner and shares some of her daily life experiences with you through this blog. For information on Papillon Reizen: www.papillonreizen.com
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