Burkinabé Bishop Receives Presidential Award, Says Church’s Ministry Recognized

Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou of Burkina Faso’s Banfora Diocese who was among other citizens of the West African nation conferred with Presidential Awards Thursday, December 10.

The Bishop of Burkina Faso’s Banfora Diocese who was among other citizens of the West African nation conferred with Presidential Awards Thursday, December 10 has said that the prize is a recognition of the ministry of the Church among the people of God.

“For me, this distinction represents a recognition of the work of the Church in the Diocese of Banfora,” Bishop Lucas Kalfa Sanou told journalists December 10, the eve of the 60th anniversary of Burkina Faso’s independence.

Celebrated Friday, December 11 under the theme “National cohesion and patriotic commitment for sustainable development of Burkina Faso in a context of insecurity and COVID-19,” the Independence Day was preceded by the award giving ceremony on December 10.

Several citizens received the Officer of the Order of Stallion presidential award, one of the highest distinctions in the West African nation. The award recognizes various citizens for their exemplary services to the nation and achievements in various fields of work.

Over one hundred Burkinabés were honored by the President of the Republic during the ceremony that was organized by the Grand Chancellery of the Burkinabé Orders in the City of Banfora located in Southwestern Burkina Faso, chosen to host the 60th anniversary celebrations this year. 


Since 2007, each host city has been provided with infrastructure to stimulate development. Within this framework, Banfora has benefited from the construction and rehabilitation of several infrastructures including the City’s multipurpose hall with a capacity of 1000 seats, the Nation Square, the regional stadium, which has been rehabilitated, and numerous road infrastructures.

Reflecting on the implemented projects, the Local Ordinary of Banfora expressed appreciation to the government for granting “all these infrastructures to the population of the Cascade region.”

“Our wish is that the people will maintain them very well so that they can serve the population for a long time,” the 69-year-old Burkinabé Bishop said.

Bishop Sanou went on to acknowledge with appreciation the collaborative approach to the anniversary celebrations.

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“Since the preparation of this festival, the local authorities have involved me in the organization and I see that this has been successful since we have managed despite the adversity of the COVID-19 and terrorism, to celebrate this holiday at the right time,” the Bishop said.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.