Yako ~ Burkina Faso
Jean-Baptiste Kiéthéga is one of the very first generation of West African archaeologists. He has successfully worked for the advancement of archaeological and historical scholarship in his country and has so far trained roughly 40 young academics in his field. In contrast to a view frequently heard, he argues that archaeological research is not a luxury in a developing country. This is an argument which he successfully puts into practice. He makes known the results of his research not only in academic circles, including at international level, but equally in local museums. For Jean-Baptiste Kiéthéga culture is a dynamic concept: there is more to it than scholarship and there is more to it than history. He has given Burkina Faso a new view of it past and in this way he has bestowed confidence in the future, particularly to the young people in his country.