“I know the Whites wish to kill me in order to take my country, and yet you claim that they will help me to organise my country.
But I find my country good just as it is. I have no need of them. I know what is necessary for me and what I want. I have my own merchants. Consider yourself fortunate that I do not order your head to be cut off.
Go away now, and above all, never come back.”
Wobogo, the Moro Naba, king of the Mossi (Burkina Faso), to the French captain Restenave in 1895.