Gaoua is the name of a city and a department in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, each comprising the same area.

Gaoua is the capital of the Sud -Ouest region and the province of Poni. She has including the territory of the commune urbaine belonging to 56 villages 52 090 inhabitants, as a stand alone and which is divided into eight sectors settlement 18.496.

The Lobi are the predominant ethnic group in Gaoua and live mainly on agriculture. In the city there is the Musée des civilizations du sud ouest.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Idrissa Traoré, coach of Burkina Faso's national football team