Burkina Faso Flag Colors, Meaning & History

Burkina Faso flag
Color Palette
Red#EF2B2D239, 43, 450, 82, 81, 6
Green#009E490, 158, 73100, 0, 54, 38
Yellow#FCD116252, 209, 220, 17, 91, 1

The flag of Burkina Faso features two equal horizontal stripes colored red and green. The top stripe is red, while the bottom stripe is green. On the center of the Burkinabe flag, there is a yellow five-pointed star.

Meaning of the Burkina Faso flag

The neighboring flags in the African continent were the inspiration for using pan-African colors. The green color represents hope and abundance. It also represents agriculture and natural richness. As in most flags, the red color reflects the revolutionary spirit needed to change the country’s destiny, and the yellow star symbolizes leadership and the guiding light of the revolution. It also stands for the country’s mineral wealth, since it has large reserves of gold.

History of the Burkina Faso flag

Burkina Faso is a small, landlocked country in West Africa. It was a French colony until 1960. Before August 4, 1983, Burkina Faso was called Upper Volta. As Thomas Sankara seized control of the country, he changed all its symbols to indicate the establishment of a new country. Changing the name of the country, its motto, and its flag gave people hope for a new and fresh start free from corruption and colonization. The old flag that was adopted in 1959 which had white, black, and red colors to represent the three Volta river branches was replaced by the new red and green flag with the yellow star. The new flag was officially adopted in 1984.