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A long, loose-fitting African garment.

[French, from Malinke bubu.]


(ˈbuːbuː) or


(Clothing & Fashion) a long flowing garment worn by men and women in Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and some other parts of Africa
[a native name in Mali]


or bu•bu

(ˈbu bu)

n., pl. -bous or -bus.
a long, loose-fitting, brightly colored garment worn by both sexes in parts of Africa.
[1960–65; < French < Malinke bubu]
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Now, her village SarAaAaAeA@ Boubou in Seneg is rubbish-free, thanks to a cleanup by the local Dimitra Club.
In the same vein, the Malian Minister of the Economy and Finance, Dr Boubou Ciss, urged participants to formulate concrete and relevant recommendations that reflect West African realities and lead to important actions that can guarantee solid economic progress in the region.
Boubou Sougou, 23, one of the witnesses said: "It was deliberate, it was not an accident.
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ITFC's $180 million framework agreement with the government of Mali was signed by Boubou Cisse, minister of economy and finance Mali, and Sonbol.
Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo ritually takes off his boubou at the start of the sessions and urges delegates, who range from heads of state to security experts to communi- cators, to take off their ties and 'roll up your sleeves'.
Le personnage Boubou qu'incarnait Abderrezak et le duo qu'il composait avec Noureddine Bechekri, dans [beaucoup moins que] Nounou et Boubou [beaucoup plus grand que] a marque les esprits et a precipite l'adhesion de l'artiste a l'equipe du TRC, avec un premiere distribution dans la piece [beaucoup moins que] Hada Idjib hada [beaucoup plus grand que] en 1976.
The Intelligence Directorate suspected Boubou of planning terrorist acts during his many visits and arrested him again.
Her previous titles, originally written in French, include The Felix and Boubou the magical stethoscope series published by Boomerang (7 picture books).
Boubou partage ses angoisses et ses souffrances lorsqu'il s'egare dans le Tanezrouft (Lhote 1936: 151-161) et, lorsqu'il decede, Lhote l'enterre respectueusement :
19) Apres s'etre moralement preparee a vivre un mariage polygame, elle se resigne a sa situation de femme delaissee qui fait echo aux destins de <<bien d'autres femmes, meprisees, releguees ou echangees, dont on s'est separe comme d'un boubou use ou demode>> (20) sans renoncer, toutefois, a defendre ses droits et se revolter contre les mefaits de la polygamie.
Boubou [the United Church practice of special fund-raising] is just a once off but tithes are every fortnight.