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Hello Gentlemen,I always regerts that there is not that much activities on the Africa section.So here I will try to entertain you with the National Order of Burkina Faso (ex Upper Volta).

This country had an awards system of its own from 1960 till Captain Thomas Sankara took power by a Coup d'Etat in 1983 and changed the name of the country to Burkina Faso ,which means : "the country of the perfectly honest men".

Thomas Sankara has developped a serie of Order in a revolutionary style.They were 4 : The Order of the Star of Nahouri (you will see a commandor below) (upper left),and here you see the breast star of the Order of the Star of Nahouri, the Order of the Torch of the Revolution (upper right corner),The Order of Labour (lower left corner) and the Order of Red Star of the Resistence (lower right corner).

On the Order of Labor you can read : "La Patrie ou la Mort, Nous Vainquerons" = " Fatherland or Death,we will defeat".

These 4 Orders are on display on the Museum of the Legion of Honour in Paris.

Thomas Sankara was assasinated in 1987.

Emmanuel

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In 1993 there was a reform in the award system of Burkina Faso,and all the former "revolutionnnary Orders" were decalred obsolete.They were replaced by a large serie of Order and medals.

Former members of these so called revolutionnary Orders could exchange them and take place in the newly instituted Orders.

Mainly the new senior Order of Burkina Faso is : National Order of Burkina Faso.

It comprise a Collar for the Grand Master and then Grand Cross,Grand Officer,Commander,Officer & Knight.

Here you can see a picture of a Grand Cross breast star and an officer with its reverse

The Officer has this unique specificity to have a gilded circle inside the rosette + a gilded star in the middle of the rosette.

For Knight grade there is a single gilt rosette in the middle of the ribbon (where red meets green).

Emmanuel

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Here you can see President Blaise Compaore during the Investiture Ceremony,where he's wearing the Collar of the National Order.

Emmanuel

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The second Order instituted after the revision of 1993 was the Order of Merit Burkinabe,or Order of Merit.It awarded for reward less higher merit and always in the lower class with a bar on ribbon saying for which kind of merit the Order was attributed.

The Order exist in 5 ranks : Grand Cross,Grand Officer,Commander,Officer & Knight.

We know that at least the follwing casp exist : Amitie-Cooperation (friendship & cooperation) , Education , Action Sociale , Administration , Agriculture et Elevage , Santé (health) , Défense , Sécurité

On the National Day of Burkina Faso in december 2003 : 1 Grand Officer,3 Commander,5 Officer & 152 Knight of the Order of Merit Burkinabe were awarded.

Burkina Faso is one of the few african country who regard his medals as strong national symbol and they give many every year (they not only givve the award document like in some poor country,but they give the medal too).

Here you can see the Order of Merit ; rank of Officer with bar "Amitié-Coopération" awarded to the representant of "Ile de Paix" .It's well known charity organisation that gather money for small projet in Africa.Mostly to make people to get water.

You can see that this person was also awarded a second medal of Burkina Faso : the Medal of Merit of Local Collectivity.

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Here is the : Medaille Militaire of Burkina Faso

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And here : Medal of Honour of the Armed Force of Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has created many many Medal of Honour for Different Service : Medal of Honour of Armed Forces (here),but also Medal of Honour for Local Collectivity (2 post above).There are also : Medal of Honour of the Police,Medal of Honour of the Prison,Medal of Honour of the Fire Fighter,Medal of Honour of the Custom Service,Medal of Honour of the Service of Water & Forest.

As you can see a lot,but very hard to get info on them.

All of you that have pictures (others than the ones posted here,are much welcome to post theirs).

And I'am always open to negotiate if you want to sell or barter yours.

Emmanuel

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Here is the Medal of Honour of the Prison of Burkina Faso.

You will notice that all the medals have a reverse .Some countries to spare money issued medal with blank reverse,not Burkina Faso.

Emmanuel

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Here is the Burkina Faso : Medal Commemorative of Campaign (here with bar Centrafrique).We guess it's a multi national mission medal ( a kind of local G.S.M.)

Emmanuel

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Sorry for the quality.This picture was taken with a non-digital camera in the manufacturer book.It's the onliest I have.

It is Medal of Honour for Water & Forest of Burkina Faso

Again if anyone has a better one.....help is welcome.

Emmanuel

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Tonight I was doing research on the net and I founded this.Lucien Nare is a blind man from Burkina Faso,but also a teacher since 20 years and with no help from Government maintain a school where he teach young blind children to read braille script.The article says that he was award Medaille du Merite National by the Minister of Education ,and we can clearly see a clasp on top of the medal.

For those who can read french : www.jeanmarcmeyrat.ch/blog/2010/06/12/lucien-nare-un-promoteur-du-braille-decore/

Emmanuel

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Long time ago,the Chancellery of National Orders of Burkina Faso had a web site which worked.This picture came from this web site (I printed it long time ago).It sayed that this award is Order of Rural Developpement.

No others info available.

Emmanuel

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Thank you for sharing your images about Burkino Faso. Facinating to say the least.

Regards

Norman

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http://www.gcob.gov.bf/SiteGcob/index.jsp

http://www.gcob.gov.bf/SiteGcob/textes-fondamentaux/decrets.html

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Sorry for the quality.This picture was taken with a non-digital camera in the manufacturer book.It's the onliest I have.

It is Medal of Honour for Water & Forest of Burkina Faso

Again if anyone has a better one.....help is welcome.

Emmanuel

ОК Gentlemen! Emmanuel reigns supreme! I am enjoying every new picture. Let me contribute a little, notwithstanding bad quality of pictures. First, here comes medal of Honour of Firefighters. Three categories> Star of gold, Star of Slver, Star of bronze.

Dragomir

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The second Order instituted after the revision of 1993 was the Order of Merit Burkinabe,or Order of Merit.It awarded for reward less higher merit and always in the lower class with a bar on ribbon saying for which kind of merit the Order was attributed.

The Order exist in 5 ranks : Grand Cross,Grand Officer,Commander,Officer & Knight.

We know that at least the follwing casp exist : Amitie-Cooperation (friendship & cooperation) , Education , Action Sociale , Administration , Agriculture et Elevage , Santé (health) , Défense , Sécurité

On the National Day of Burkina Faso in december 2003 : 1 Grand Officer,3 Commander,5 Officer & 152 Knight of the Order of Merit Burkinabe were awarded.

Burkina Faso is one of the few african country who regard his medals as strong national symbol and they give many every year (they not only givve the award document like in some poor country,but they give the medal too).

Here you can see the Order of Merit ; rank of Officer with bar "Amitié-Coopération" awarded to the representant of "Ile de Paix" .It's well known charity organisation that gather money for small projet in Africa.Mostly to make people to get water.

You can see that this person was also awarded a second medal of Burkina Faso : the Medal of Merit of Local Collectivity.

The Medal upon gentleman's breast> Medal of Honour of Local Communities

Dragomir

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And the fourth, barely recognizable, but might help anyway> The Order of Merit for Arts, Literature and Communications, printed as illustration upon the Order/s Diploma.

Dragomir

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