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The legacies of Thomas Sankara: a revolutionary experience in retrospect

Ernest Harsch Institute of African Studies at Columbia University , New York, USA
published in Review of African Political Economy Volume 40, Issue 137, 2013 on 05 Sep 2013
A quarter century after the 15 October 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara in a military coup, the late president of Burkina Faso remains a near-mythical hero for many young people in his country and across Africa. They idealise the image of a committed, self-sacrificing rebel, who during four years as leader of a (...)


Thomas Sankara and the new Africa renaissance

Agun Mod
2013-10-24 http://www.pambazuka.org/en/issue/651
Like Nkrumah of Ghana and Nyerere of Tanzania, Sankara sought to restore dignity and honour to his country and to imbue the youth with the ideals of pan-African solidarity, dignity and honour
As Africa celebrates 50 years of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, and now the Africa Union, we must thank Pambazuka for daring to promote African renaissance and our unity, in spite of our diverse cultures. But more than (...)


A Sankarist Response to Homophobia

Amber Murrey
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-25 http://www.pambazuka.org/en/issue/651
The political ideology of Thomas Sankara, including warmth and compassion towards other humans, dignity for peasants, self-sufficiency for all Burkinabes, women’s emancipation and a politics of anti-imperialism, along with his thoughtful considerations of Burkinabe traditions and histories, assert (...)


Remembering Thomas Sankara, the EFF’s muse

By Rebecca Davis Published the 05 Nov 2013 on http://www.dailymaverick.co.za
Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have invoked the legacy of former Burkina Faso president Thomas Sankara as a model of governance they apparently wish to emulate. And indeed, Sankara remains one of the least-remembered, but most creative and principled, of post-independence African leaders. Malema and his fighters might particularly like to remember Sankara’s commitment to an austere (...)


Sankara: A hero for Africa’s young people

Bruno Jaffre translated from French for Pambazuka News by Lorraine Thompson.
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-25 http://www.pambazuka.org/en/issue/651
Thomas Sankara was a visionary. He was very ambitious and wanted the Burkinabe revolution to bear immediate fruits for his people, and he paid no attention to the political intrigues of the time, which culminated in his assassination. His (...)


Thomas Sankara: an endogenous approach to development

Demba Moussa Dembélé
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-25
It has been thirty years since Thomas Sankara took power, before he was assassinated in 1987. The Sankarist Revolution was one of the greatest attempts at popular democratic emancipation in post-Independence Africa and is considered a novel experience of broad economic, social, cultural and political transformation
The concept of endogenous (...)


26 years after Thomas Sankara: A graveside reflection

Chika Ezeanya
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-25
Instead of a bust, a life-sized carving, a portrait, or a decent tomb with a headstone and his epitaph, Thomas Sankara’s remains are placed beneath dirt and unkempt surroundings overgrown by weeds. Not that he would have cared
With eyes filled with fear, the Burkinabe intellectual who offered to act as tour guide begged that his name not be (...)


Revisiting Thomas Sankara, 26 years later

Ama Biney
Published in Pambazuka News 651 : SPECIAL ISSUE : Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future : 26 years later 2013-10-24
Twenty-six years after the death of Sankara, it remains true that the essence of struggle is to mobilise people to believe in transforming their lives; that they have the capacity to dare to invent the future through collective struggle, rather than belief in an awaited messiah to lead them
Thomas Sankara remains one of Africa’s illustrious (...)


26 Years ago, Thomas Sankara was assassinated. Circumstances yet to be clarified ... But an ever growing popularity.

by Bruno Jaffré
October 14, 2013 | translation Alain Blaise Ngono
The violent murder of Thomas Sankara is commensurate with the relentlessness of his killers to dishonour and erase him from the memory of his countrymen. By the same token, attempts to make known the circumstances of his assassination seem to encounter powerful forces. It must be said that the hypothesis of an international conspiracy is slowly making its way. Whatever the case, Thomas Sankara now belongs to the Pantheon (...)


Sankara and the murdered revolution

Tidiane Kasse
Published in Pambazuka News 651: SPECIAL ISSUE: Thomas Sankara and inventing Africa’s future: 26 years later 2013-10-25
Although murdered by retrogressive forces opposed to Burkina Faso’s true liberation and that of Africa, Thomas Sankara’s revolutionary ideas and initiatives remain a powerful inspiration to those individuals and movements that are dedicated to struggles for social justice everywhere
When you are fifty today in Africa, which coincides with (...)


Thomas Sankara: brief portrait of a little-known leader

Bruno Jaffré
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 (...)


Thomas Sankara And The Assassination Of Africa’s Memory

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 (...)


The Upright Man. Ten Lessons From Thomas Sankara

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 (...)


Burkina Faso: 25 Years On - the Mixed Legacy of Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara, Socialist Soldier

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 (...)


"Debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa" - Thomas Sankara by Paula Akugizibwe

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, (...)


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