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Amadou Zeba

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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About Amadou
Amadou ZEBA is a seasoned journalist based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with a comprehensive portfolio covering a wide spectrum of topics. His reporting has delved into political unrest, social issues, cultural affairs, and economic developments within Burkina Faso and the broader West African region. ZEBA's work has brought to light significant events such as high-level political meetings, including the one convened by President Sandaogo Damiba with former Heads of State to deliberate on Burkina Faso's security crisis, and the notable absence of former President Roch Kaboré due to supporters' intervention.

ZEBA's journalism extends to in-depth coverage of infrastructure initiatives, legal matters, and personal stories of achievement and resilience. He has reported on the 'Espoir city' housing project, which aims to provide affordable housing units across Burkina Faso, and has covered the court proceedings of influential figures like Ollo Mathias Kambou of the Balai Citoyen movement and General Gilbert Diendéré. His articles have also shone a spotlight on individuals like Sawadogo Davis, an innovator building cars from scrap metal, and Briana, a student working in construction to support her family. ZEBA's reporting on land disputes, such as the eviction of residents in Komsilga, and his obituary for a soldier who died combating terrorism in the Sahel, demonstrate his commitment to telling the stories that shape the region.

Recognized for his contributions to journalism, ZEBA has been awarded the prestigious Mariam Lamizana Prize for his online press work promoting the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). His reporting has also encompassed judicial proceedings, including the corruption case involving Ousmane Guiro, and social issues like the ongoing fight against FGM. Through interviews with cultural figures such as Pingdwendé Gérard Kientega and Mousbila Sankara, ZEBA provides insights into the arts, culture, and sub-regional affairs. His coverage of protests in Loroum province against terrorist attacks and the acquisition of BNP Paribas' majority stake in BICIAB by Burkinabè banker Simon Tiemtoré highlights his range in reporting on political and financial topics.
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Les habitants de la capitale du Burkina Faso se rassemblent dimanche devant le complexe qui abrite la télévision nationale, le 2 octobre 2022. Live réalisé par Amadou ZEBA pour VOA Afrique

Manifestation à Ouagadougou, le 4 octobre 2022, contre la venue d'une délégation de la CEDEAO pour rencontrer le Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré Live réalisé par Amadou ZEBA pour VOA Afrique

Le 22 janvier 2022, des Burkinabè tentent de marcher à Ouagadougou contre le pouvoir de Roch Kaboré, malgré l'interdiction de la marche par les autorités

Manifestation le 22 janvier 2022 contre le pouvoir de Roch Kaboré : Un magasin part en fumée

Coup d'Etat au Burkina Faso contre Roch Kaboré : Plusieurs personnes manifestent leur soutien aux militaires à la Place de la nation de Ouagadougou, le 25 janvier 2022

Procès Thomas Sankara : Blaise Compaoré, Gilbert Diendéré et Hyacinthe Kafando condamnés à la prison à vie 🔴 Gilbert Diendéré acclamé par ses partisans le 06 avril 2022

Retour de Blaise Compaoré au Burkina Faso, le 08 juillet 2022

Déclaration d'une délégation de la CEDEAO après une rencontre avec le président du Faso, Sandaogo Damiba, le 24 juillet 2022

L'ancien président du Faso, Blaise Compaoré, demande pardon au peuple burkinabè

Des Burkinabè manifestent contre la venue d'une délégation de la CEDEAO dans leurs pays, le 04 octobre 2022, près la prise du pouvoir par le capitaine Ibrahim Traoré.

Des manifestants burkinabè devant la télévision nationale lors du Coup d'Etat du Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré, le 02 octobre 2022

Ousmane Guiro Case: Where did the 1,906,190,604 CFA francs found at the former Customs Director's home go?

22 Sep 2022  |  Faso7
During the third session of the criminal chamber of the Court of Appeal of Ouagadougou, which opened on September 19, 2022, the case of Ousmane Guiro, the former director general of Customs, was addressed. Guiro is accused of passive corruption, illicit enrichment, and violating exchange regulations. The prosecutor general, Arsène Francis Sanou, withdrew from the case due to missing documents, leading to a request for the immediate release of Guiro by his defense attorneys. The court decided to continue the hearing without the prosecutor and later adjourned the case to the next session to ensure proper administration of justice, as the whereabouts of the 1,906,190,604 CFA francs found at Guiro's home in 2012 and central to the case were unknown.

Dabo Boukary Trial: Gilbert Diendéré Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

22 Sep 2022  |  faso7.com
In the Dabo Boukary case, General Gilbert Diendéré was found guilty of 'complicity in illegal arrest and aggravated detention' and sentenced to 20 years in prison and a fine of one million CFA francs. Colonel Bamba Mamadou received a 10-year sentence and a similar fine for the same charges. The third accused, Yougbaré Magloire, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison and a five million CFA franc fine. An arrest warrant was issued for Magloire. The court also heard requests for symbolic reparations for the heirs of Dabo Boukary and the UGEB. Diendéré, expressing his final thoughts before sentencing, asked for forgiveness on behalf of those responsible for the acts against Boukary.

Me Prosper Farama: 'I am more afraid under the MPSR than under the Compaoré regime'

16 Sep 2022  |  Faso7
Ollo Mathias Kambou, a leader of the Balai Citoyen movement, appeared in court in Ouagadougou on September 16, 2022, facing charges of insulting public authority. His request for provisional release was denied. His lawyer, Me Prosper Farama, criticized the charge as outdated and argued that political figures should be open to criticism. Farama expressed greater fear for individual and collective freedoms under the current MPSR regime than under the previous Compaoré regime. The case has been postponed to September 23, 2022.

Ollo Mathias Kambou Case: File Postponed to September 23, 2022

16 Sep 2022  |  Faso7
Ollo Mathias Kambou, a member of the civil society movement Le Balai Citoyen, appeared in court on September 16, 2022, for his trial at the Tribunal de Grande instance de Ouagadougou. Detained at the Maison d’arrêt et de correction de Ouagadougou since September 5, 2022, for public authority outrage, his defense team, including Me Prosper Farama and other lawyers from Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Mali, requested provisional release. They argued that Kambou is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo and needs freedom to continue his research. The prosecution opposed, citing lack of assurance for his representation at trial. The judge denied the defense's request and postponed the case to September 23, 2022. Kambou was arrested following his participation in a broadcast discussing the 5-month management of Transitional President Sandaogo Damiba.

Former President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré, Goes to Dubai for Medical Treatment

11 Aug 2022  |  Faso7
Former President of Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré, is set to travel to Dubai on August 11, 2022, for medical treatment, as reported by the Agence d'information du Burkina (AIB). Kaboré, who has been experiencing health issues, will transit through Abidjan to reach the United Arab Emirates. The current Burkinabè authorities have facilitated the administrative formalities for his trip and have coordinated with Emirati authorities to ensure he faces no difficulties during his stay. Kaboré, who was elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2020, was ousted in a coup on January 24, 2022, by the Mouvement patriotique pour la sauvegarde et la restauration (MPSR). The 65-year-old's last public appearance since losing power was on July 8, 2022, but he was unable to attend a meeting with current President Sandaogo Damiba and other former heads of state, including Blaise Compaoré, due to being prevented by his supporters.

Blaise Compaoré: 'I ask for forgiveness from the Burkinabè people'

26 Jul 2022  |  Faso7
Blaise Compaoré, the former president of Burkina Faso, has issued an apology to the Burkinabè people and specifically to the family of Captain Thomas Sankara for all the acts he committed during his presidency. The apology was delivered through a message read by government spokesperson Lionel Bilgo to President Sandaogo Damiba, as part of a visit by an Ivorian delegation to the presidential palace on July 26, 2022.

Sandaogo Damiba: 'The process is not meant to enshrine impunity'

08 Jul 2022  |  Faso7
On July 8, 2022, a meeting was held at the presidential palace in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between current President Sandaogo Damiba and former heads of state to discuss the country's security crisis. Notably absent were Roch Kaboré, Michel Kafando, and Yacouba Isaac Zida. Damiba explained Kafando's absence due to health issues, Zida's due to administrative reasons, and Kaboré's due to being physically prevented by a group of individuals. The meeting, which also included Blaise Compaoré and Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, aimed to foster cohesion among Burkinabè to combat insecurity. Damiba addressed controversies surrounding Compaoré's presence, emphasizing the initiative was not about impunity but finding solutions for peace and cohesion in Burkina Faso. He concluded by stating that dialogues would continue bilaterally with those who could not attend, to reduce political and associative resistance and to seek complementary alternatives for the country's stabilization.

Meeting of Former Heads of State in Burkina Faso: Supporters Oppose Roch Kaboré's Participation

08 Jul 2022  |  Faso7
Supporters of former president Roch Kaboré gathered on July 8, 2022, to prevent him from attending a meeting called by Burkina Faso's transitional president, Sandaogo Damiba, aimed at national reconciliation. Kaboré remained in his residence and was not seen, while his wife, Sika Kaboré, joined a group of women supporting the protest. The participation of former presidents Yacouba Isaac Zida, exiled in Canada, and Michel Kafando is uncertain as they reportedly declined the invitation. Former president Blaise Compaoré, exiled in Côte d'Ivoire and convicted to life imprisonment for the assassination of Thomas Sankara, arrived in Ouagadougou on July 7, 2022.

Mousbila Sankara: The Burkinabè 'has become not only lazy, but very selfish'

18 Jan 2022  |  Faso7
Mousbila Sankara, President of the Association for the Renaissance of a New Citizenship, discusses the current state of Burkina Faso, criticizing the population for becoming lazy and selfish. He highlights the need for civic engagement and societal change, expressing concern over the security situation and the disconnect between the government and the people. Sankara also touches on the trial of Thomas Sankara and the geopolitical situation in Mali, including the sanctions imposed by ECOWAS and WAEMU. He calls on the youth to engage in nation-building and to continue infrastructure projects to combat the development of terrorism.

Land dispute in Komsilga: More than a hundred people ordered to vacate within 08 days

07 Aug 2021  |  Faso7
Over a hundred residents of Tengandogo in Komsilga were ordered by a court decision on August 7, 2021, to vacate their homes within eight days. The 71 plots, spanning 20,000 m2, were believed to be their property but legally belonged to another individual, A.T., who acquired the land in 2003. Despite the residents' belief in their legal ownership, the communal decree from 2007 and subsequent distribution of the land by the municipality in 2009 were contested by A.T. The Tribunal de grande instance de Ouagadougou ruled in favor of A.T., leading to the displacement order. Efforts to reach the mayor of Komsilga and A.T. for comments were unsuccessful. Residents are now looking towards the Mogho Naaba and the government for a resolution. An update indicates that the residents were not evicted as a solution was seemingly found with the intervention of the ministry in charge of housing.

Burkina Faso: Between sadness and anger, the march of Titao brings tears

27 Jun 2021  |  Faso7
On June 26, 2021, residents of Loroum province in Burkina Faso, which has been suffering from terrorist attacks for over four years, marched in Titao to protest the government's lackluster response to their plight. The demonstrators, including the elderly and the youth, demanded better support for the local defense volunteers (VDP), who they credit with keeping them alive, and the establishment of a military camp in the province. The march was emotionally charged, with participants expressing feelings of abandonment by their leaders. The protest escalated at the Haut-commissariat, where demands were made for the security of the province and support for over 35,000 internally displaced persons. The VDPs are seen as under-equipped, and the government's lack of awareness of some VDP members has been met with frustration. The march ended with a meeting at the Place de la Nation, where the same demands were reiterated.

Burkina Faso: 'Espoir City' the 'futuristic city' of Kastor Africa starts in Dagulma

25 Jun 2021  |  Faso7
Kastor Africa initiated the 'Espoir City' housing project with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24, 2021, in Dagulma, near Loumbila, Burkina Faso. The project aims to construct 100,000 homes over 15 years nationwide. The first phase in Dagulma involves building 700 social housing units on 100 hectares, with a total of 12,000 homes planned for the area. The project, supported by the Ministry of Urbanism and the Ministry of Infrastructure, will include infrastructure such as schools, health centers, and sports facilities. Housing prices are set to be accessible, with social housing starting at 6.5 million CFA francs. Kastor Africa also plans to introduce HLMs (rent-controlled housing) to Burkina Faso.

Burkinabè Simon Tiemtoré Acquires BICIAB and Renames it Vista Bank Burkina

23 Jun 2021  |  Faso7
Burkinabè banker Simon Tiemtoré, through his Vista Group, has officially acquired the majority stake of BNP Paribas in the Banque Internationale pour le Commerce, l'Industrie et l'Agriculture du Burkina (BICIAB), which will be renamed Vista Bank Burkina. The acquisition marks Vista Group's expansion into the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) region. Afreximbank supported the acquisition, which will enable Vista Bank Burkina to offer more services and increase investment opportunities in Burkina Faso. Mohamed Ba, former BNP representative in Mali, has been appointed as the first CEO of Vista Bank Burkina. The bank aims to leverage digital strategies and intra-African trade, with future benefits expected from the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Burkina Faso: MDL Mwinzié Pierre Damien KAMBOU, the 'wise warrior', has passed away

16 Jun 2021  |  Faso7
On June 10, 2021, during an operation to dismantle a terrorist base in Arbinda, Soum region, Burkina Faso, Marshal of Lodging Mwinzié Pierre Damien KAMBOU was wounded and later succumbed to his injuries on the night of June 14-15, 2021, after several surgeries. Described as a valiant soldier by the National Gendarmerie, KAMBOU was laid to rest on June 16, 2021. He is remembered for his bravery, discipline, and dedication to fighting terrorism in Burkina Faso. KAMBOU was posthumously awarded the military medal on June 16, 2021.

Burkina Faso: Amadou Zeba Winner of the Super Mariam Lamizana Prize

27 Mar 2021  |  Faso7
Amadou Zeba, journalist and editor-in-chief of the online media Faso7, won two awards at the third edition of the Mariam Lamizana Prize, including the Super Mariam Lamizana Prize for the best overall media production, aimed at promoting the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The event, supported by UNFPA, UNICEF, and the Burkina Faso government, also recognized other journalists in various media categories. Sika Kaboré, the First Lady of Burkina Faso, and UNFPA representative Auguste Pkognon both emphasized the crucial role of journalists in combating FGM and achieving gender equality.

KPG: 'Someone who rejects their ancestors cannot defend their culture'

22 Mar 2021  |  Faso7
Pingdwendé Gérard Kientega, known as KPG, is a professional storyteller who emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage and engagement. At 42, the son of a blacksmith, he has retained the memories and skills from his father's forge. KPG is preparing for the 3rd edition of the grand storytelling nights from March 23 to 26, 2021. He discusses his commitment to culture and reconciliation, his work as an author, and the role of culture in national reconciliation. The event, themed 'forging culture to cultivate life,' aims to reconnect with values and build a better humanity. KPG also addresses the transmission of culture to the youth, highlighting the importance of elders in guiding them.

A Day with Briana, the Student Helper

10 Mar 2021  |  Faso7
Briana, a 25-year-old student of history at Joseph Ki-Zerbo University, spends most of her time working on construction sites to support herself and her family. Despite facing challenges, including the reluctance of some to accept a young woman on construction sites, Briana's determination has earned her respect and support. She balances her studies with her work, even if it means her education becomes a secondary activity. Her story is one of overcoming obstacles, including early marriage, and she now supports her sisters' education and her ailing mother's needs. Briana's journey is an inspiration to many, and she has received support from figures like Dr. Rasmata Bakiono/Nabaloum, the former director of CENOU.

Burkina Faso: Sawadogo Davis Manufactures a 100% Burkinabe Car

07 Oct 2020  |  Faso7
Sawadogo Davis, a 30-year-old from Burkina Faso, has created two cars using scrap metal without formal training in welding or mechanics. His first three-seater car has already traveled to Tenkodogo, 184 km from Ouagadougou. Davis relies on innate talent rather than formal education and negotiates with friends for workshop space. He has built a second four-seater car and hopes for government support to establish a Burkinabe car manufacturing plant.

Burkina Faso: 'Circumcision turned my twin sister and me into robots'

30 Sep 2020  |  Faso7
In Burkina Faso, the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to affect many women, with personal stories from Mariam and Sandrine highlighting the physical and emotional pain it causes. Despite traditional barriers and the added challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, activists are working to eradicate FGM. The prevalence rate has decreased, but the pandemic has hindered awareness campaigns and redirected resources. The Permanent Secretariat of the Committee to Fight Female Circumcision (SP/CNLPE) reports significant progress, but emphasizes the need for continued efforts and the involvement of men in the fight against FGM.

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