A crowd in Burkina Faso (generated by DALL-E)

Common names in Burkina Faso, West-Africa

Burkina Faso is a multi-cultural and diverse country with a rich history. In this article, we would like to explorer how personal names can be interpreted to reflect regional, ethnic appartenance within the country. Then we would like to illustrate how the use of a personal name can affect a black-box Artificial Intelligence – such as OpenAI’s DALL-E. This is a first article in our series of blog posts with tag #thisnamedpersondoesnotexist.

Popular names of Liberia, West-Africa

In the early 19th century, the Americo-Liberian settlers encountered ethnically, linguistically diverse tribal populations. Even today, names reflect the diversity of populations in Liberia. Some names appear very similar to names of Afrlcan-Americans. Some other names reflect indigenous cultures.