This article was published in 1996 in the now-defunct Malian newspaper ‘Yelema.’ Translated from French for Pambazuka News by Julia Monod.
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-25
ZWritten on the ninth anniversary of Sankara’s assassination, insight into the personality and political motivations of Sankara reveal not only a workaholic but a sensitive individual who sided (...)
By Chika Ezeanya
Published on the 16th of octobre on http://saharareporters.com
homas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.
Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and (...)
by Oyunga Pala
Posted on Oct 16th, 2012 http://oyungapala.com
Where did all the genuine African revolutionaries go? They were either assassinated; Patrice Lumumba, Eduardo Mondale, Samora Machel, Amilcar Cabral, Steve Biko, John Garang, Muammar Gadaffi or under siege from their own legacies. I am thinking of Nelson Mandela here. It has been decades since we saw a visionary leader that inspired the Pan African idealism of the revolutionary 60s. Look around. Africa is facing a leadership (...)
By Peter Dörrie, 15 October 2012
After four years of Sankara’s socialist policies, Burkina Faso achieved near food self-sufficiency. Then his best friend killed him and took office.
Ouagadougou - "Fatherland or death, we will prevail!"
With these words, Captain Thomas Sankara proclaimed the revolution on August 4, 1983. He had just led a successful coup against the government of Burkina Faso, back then still called Haute-Volta. His words were prophetic, for just four years later (...)
City Life - Monday, July 23
Thomas Sankara, former leader of Burkina Faso, was the apparent opposite of everything we are often told that success should look like. Mansions? Cars? Who? What? Get out of here. As Prime Minister and later as President, Sankara rode a bicycle to work before he upgraded, at his Cabinet’s insistence, to a Renault 5 – one of the cheapest cars available in Burkina Faso at the time. He lived in a small brick house and wore only cotton that was produced, (...)
On the 25th anniversary of Sankara’s assassination, Nick Dearden argues we need to remember him to challenge dominant views of Africa and fight our own debt crisis in Europe
On 15 October 1987 a revolution was brought to an abrupt and bloody end by the murder of Thomas Sankara, President of the newly named state of Burkina Faso. In the years following Sankara’s assassination, by his once trusted friend Blaise Compaoré who runs Burkina Faso to this day, his (...)
2012-06-20, Issue 590 http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/83074
The life and work of Thomas Sankara can be taken as a reminder of both the power and potential for human agency to enact transformation.
I would like to situate my ideas within the geo-political context of the popular uprisings that continue to take place around the world as people organise against neoliberal policies of advanced capitalism and their resultant gross inequalities in wealth, health and (...)
Captain Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987) was the leader of Burkina Faso (formerly known as Upper Volta) from 1983 to 1987. While noted for his personal charisma and praised for promoting health and women’s rights, he also antagonised many vested interests in the country. He was overthrown and assassinated in a coup d’état led by Blaise Compaoré on October 15, 1987, sometimes believed to have been at the instruction of France.
August 11, 2005
The Inspiration : This post is inspired by a comment made on the Cuban government by The Voice. "The wounds with Cuba are deep for America and the expatriates who were forced to leave Cuba after Fidel came to power. I have mixed feelings about it all because while Fidel’s government is something I do not completely agree with, I understand his idealistic belief in distributing the wealth. It is evident he had tremendous hatred for American business interests which he (...)
Thomas Sankara ‘We are heirs of the world’s revolutions’ :Lessons from Thomas Sankara, (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987) the leader of Burkina Faso’s popular revolutionary government from 1983 to 1987.
Akinyemi Adeseye (Teekay Akin)
Wednesday, 05 May 2010
It is very vital to look at the role that we Africans play in our own liberation, and the role of the “liberal” Western imperialisms in thwarting them.
Nobel Prize Winner, James Watson (...)
by Ameth LO October 15, 2005
Thomas Sankara was born on November 21st, 1949 in Yako, Burkina Faso, of a Peuhl father and a More mother, two ethnic groups in Burkina Faso. This small country in the Sahel region, located in a part of West African known for its extreme poverty has an infant mortality rate of 280 deaths per 1000 births and an annual per capita income of $150. The country is located in a region with numerous drought cycles that kill part of the rural population every year and (...)
By HOWARD W. FRENCH
Published: Monday, March 10, 1997
Almost every day, at least a handful of visitors still come to pay their respects to a martyred young leader who was unceremoniously buried here in a trash-strewn cemetery at the edge of this hazy city and whose bones remain under the watchful gaze of vultures.
It has been 10 years since the leader, Thomas Sankara, a charismatic 38-year-old army captain who took office after leading a revolution, was gunned down in his office.
by Désiré-Joseph Katihabwa
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Captain Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (December 21, 1949 – October 15, 1987) was the leader of Burkina Faso (formerly known as Upper Volta) from 1983 to 1987. While noted for his personal charisma and praised for promoting health and women’s rights, he also antagonised many vested interests in the country. He was overthrown and assassinated in a coup d’état led by Blaise Compaoré on October 15, 1987, sometimes believed to have (...)
There is actually no murder mystery:
When Thomas Sankara was killed after four years as President of Burkina Faso, it was at the orders – if not at the hands – of one of his oldest friends, now President Blaise Compaoré. Echoes of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as much as Disney’s The Lion King. Why should we care about this particular African tragedy?
We should care because the revolution Sankara led between 1983 and 1987 was one of the most creative and radical that (...)
by Ahmed Khan
“It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.” - Thomas Sankara, 1985
In august 2008 when ex-Liberian warlord Prince Johnson (now a `respectable’ senator in Liberia’s U.S-modeled congress) testified in front of the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation commission investigating the horrors of its 14-year long civil war, that former ally Charles (...)
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