Approximately 80 percent of Burkinabe live in one of the thousands of rural villages scattered around the country. The country’s highest population density is found in the central region surrounding Ouagadougou, its capital. There is great disparity between its urban and rural areas concerning revenue, health, education, and general infrastructure.
The low number of Internet users in Burkina Faso is certainly impacted by the fact that broadband access in Burkina Faso is among the most expensive in the world, with fees reported at about $1,300 per month (Smith, 2009). Internet use in Africa as a whole lags significantly behind the rest of the world. By the end of 2010, Internet user penetration in Africa is estimated to peak at 9.6%, compared with a world average of 30%, and a developing country average of 21% (International Telecommunications Union, 2010).
Mandé refers to a number of related ethnic groups in West Africa. They are known as having been among the first on the continent to produce woven textiles (by a process known as strip-weaving), and as the founders of the Ghana Empire and Mali Empire. They are also said to be among the first people on the continent to produce stone settlement civilizations.
The official language of Burkina Faso is French, which is the language spoken in its schools. However, there are numerous regional languages, the most predominant of which are Mòoré and Dioula. Mòoré is in fact more widely spoken than French.