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Transcript of La Guinée
Fun Fact: Guinea is a country known for its strong tradition of live music. Almost any evening, you can find a wonderful musical celebration in the streets of Conakry, its capital.
The French have influenced the culture of Guinea in many ways. One way they had an influence was on the government. The government of Guinea is based off of the French Napoleonic civil law system. This means they elect a president every five years. Then the president elects a prime minister and other ministers.
Why Speak French?
In the 1960s, the use of French was abolished because their president wanted to promote African culture and language. In 1985, the president reversed this policy and made French the official language. Currently, local African languages are more commonly spoken, but French is still used in school and high governmental and business circles.
The People & Culture
A major part of Guineas culture is music and dance. Music and dance is also a big part of many of their traditions. The people of Guinea belong to 24 different ethical groups. The most prominent is Fula, with 40% of the population.
Guinea is one of the world's poorest countries. Guinea also has a low life expectancy and a high rate of infant mortality. It remains mostly rural, and 80% of the population is involved in agricultural production.
Here are a few key points in Guineas history. The land that is now present day Guinea belonged to many different African empires until its French colonization in the 1890s. In the 1950s, Sekou Touré led the nation to independence from France. In 1958, France's president granted Guinea independence.
Why Should I Visit?
Guinea has many mountains that tourists love to come see and take pictures of. You can also see the Niger river. If you go, you will be able to enjoy all of their lively music.
Guinea was the first French African country to gain independence.
The motto (in french) is Travail, Justice, Solidarité.
The flag of Guinea features the same colors as the flag of Ghana.